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Red Beet Hummus


4 medium beets, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon cumin powder
Zest of one large lemon, finely minced
Sea salt, fresh pepper, to taste
Finishing Touches:
2-4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
Crumbled goat cheese
Cucumber slices
Pita bread


Place beets in a small pot of water and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.
Drain well. Place all ingredients, except cilantro, in a food processor and pulse to make a smooth paste. Chill when not serving.

To serve, offer with pita bread or as an appetizer, spread on cucumber rounds or slices, topped with cilantro and a crumbled goat cheese.

Makes 2 cups


Red Beet Hummus
Pretty in pink, indeed. This is a gourmet hummus that is making the restaurant rounds. I like it with pita breads or atop a spinach salad or as a condiment with poached salmon.