Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bean and/or Avocado Dip

This is a mix and match recipe with many possible combinations. It can be hummus. It can be guacamole. It can be neither and both of those.

Fair warning, I'm not fond of tahini and am overly fond of garlic.

Equipment needed: Food processor or Vita-Mix with the dry container, knife, cutting board, bowl or cup to hold liquid, can opener or scissors, optional lemon squeezer

Basic Recipe:
1 can or aseptic pack of beans (aseptic pack will probably have less beans than the can)
3 cloves of garlic
Spices - your choice

Drain the beans, but keep the liquid handy. Peel the garlic. Put the beans, the garlic, and your spices into the food processor or Vita-Mix. Blend. Add some of the saved liquid until you reach the desired consistency. You might need to stop occasionally and shove everything down towards the blades. The Vita-Mix has a nice tamper to help with that, and you don't have to stop blending to use it.

Add onions
Squeeze a lemon into it
Add tahini - sparingly because it's a strong flavor
Use an avocado instead of the beans
Add an avocado to the beans

If this sits in your refrigerator for a day, the garlic flavor will be stronger.

On the other side of this equation can be chips, sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, celery, assorted raw vegetables, whatever you fancy.

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