Here’s my new favorite appetizer: chipotle carrot hummus. I’ve been making it for every occasion lately. The carrots are cooked just long enough to bring out their natural sweetness. Then they’re blended with chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon and chipotle chile powder, which adds a delicious smoky kick. And this super healthy hummus takes just 15 minutes to make.
I packed our winter coats and boots into the storage closet this past weekend. Spring has sprung in a big way here in New England. There are little buds on all the trees. Hyacinths are in full bloom. The two briskets I cooked for Passover might be the last braising action my ovens will see for a while. I feel that change of seasons, change of cravings thing that happens every year around this time. This time it led me to make this beautiful, orange, bright and healthy carrot hummus. It’s my new favorite appetizer of the season.
I have a thing for appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Part of it is that I want to stretch out the dining experience for as long as possible. I especially love the first hour or so of a get-together. It’s always an exciting time, abuzz with greetings, everyone happy to reconnect and catch up on each other’s lives while sipping wine or a cocktail and nibbling on something delicious. This carrot hummus is the perfect nibble because it makes everyone happy but it’s light enough to leave them still hungry for dinner.
Here’s how to make Chipotle Carrot Hummus:
Transfer carrots and garlic to your food processor. Add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, water, salt, chipotle and olive oil. Puree.
I like to serve carrot hummus in a shallow bowl. I use the back of a spoon to make swirls in the hummus. I love the way that looks with oil drizzled over it. It also tastes great, especially if you use good quality olive oil for the drizzling.
Sprinkle hummus with parsley or save a half dozen chickpeas from the can to add as a garnish.
This carrot hummus is great with homemade baked pita chips and/or crudités, to dip. (see recipe for how to make perfect homemade baked pita chips)
Here’s the recipe for Chipotle Carrot Hummus. I can’t wait for you to try it. Make sure you have lots of good things to dip because, if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop. If you make it, I hope you’ll come back to leave a review and let me know what you think!
- Equipment A food processor fitted with the chopping blade
- 1 pound of carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch slices
- 4 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling on top
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut into quarters
- 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ⅓ cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt or more, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- Optional Garnishes (choose 1 or more):
- A few sprinkles of paprika
- A few sprinkles of Maras pepper, Aleppo pepper or smoked paprika
- Some chopped parsley leaves
- A handful of cooked chickpeas
- A handful of toasted pine nuts
- Pita for
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil, over medium heat, in a heavy saucepan. Cook the carrots, stirring often, for6- 7 minutes, until slightly softened and starting to brown just a bit. Turn the heat down if the carrots are browning too fast. Toss in the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute.
- Transfer carrots, garlic and whatever oil is in the pan, to the bowl of a food processor. Add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, water, salt and chipotle. Puree to a creamy consistency but don't over process. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and whiz for a few seconds to combine. Taste and correct seasoning with additional salt, if you like.
- Serve carrot hummus in a shallow bowl. Move the back of a tablespoon over the hummus, in a circular motion, to smooth it out into the bowl and to make some circular grooves to hold streams of olive oil. Drizzle olive oil into the grooves. Add garnishes. Serve with crudités and/or toasted pita (see below)
- To Toast and Prepare Pita so it's perfect for Dipping: Preheat the oven to Broil. Lay 4 6-inch pitas out on a jellyroll pan. Brush a light layer of olive oil over both sides of each pita. Set the pan in the oven for 3 minutes or so, watching carefully to prevent burning. As soon as the pitas start to brown, remove them from the oven. When cool, slice them into 1½-inch strips using a pizza cutter. Cut strips in half crosswise.
I have two other delicious homemade hummus recipes you might enjoy. One is my favorite classic chickpea hummus recipe. Simple to make and way better than any store-bought hummus. The other is a dish I fell in love with on a trip to Istanbul, Turkish hot layered hummus. It has a touch of the exotic, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.