Who likes to dip? I'm talking about food of course! I could make a meal out of it!! I discovered the most delectable hors d'oeuvre while we were staying at the beach with my in laws. Ina Garten is one of my all time favorite cookbook author's. Every single thing I have tried from her cookbook's has been a hit and they are pretty easy to make. This particular recipe came from her Foolproof cookbook.
This dip is best served warm with grilled bread. However, it is so delicious that I eat it as a cold leftover too. I will indicate in red what changes I made...
2 cans chickpeas (drained and rinsed) (use 1 can if not for a large crowd)
1/2 cup chicken broth (I added until the right consistency)
3 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 small tomatoes chopped and seeded
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
3 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley (I omitted because I cannot stand the taste-weird I know)
2 tablespoons squeezed lemon (I used half lemon)
salt & pepper
grilled baguette for serving (or pretzels and pita chips)
I first drained and rinsed the chickpeas in a colander. I then added the chickpeas into the blender and added chicken broth as needed. I pulsed so that it was chunky, not smooth. Set aside. I then sauteed the olive oil, garlic and tomatoes in a saute pan for 3-5 minutes. You then add the chickpea mixture to the hot tomatoes in the pan. Take off the heat and add the cheese, parsley, lemon juice and salt and pepper. It can be served warm like this or you can refrigerate and serve cool or room temperature!
*Best served warm if I must say so myself!
On a side note, I have been enjoying the herbivore sandwich from Caviar and Bananas lately. Anyone tried it? It is TO DIE FOR GOOD!!!! They pile on hummus, marinated mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, bean and corn succotash and spinach all wrapped up in a grilled lavash wrap! Mouth watering yet? I am thinking this tuscan hummus would be perfect if you were to try recreating the herbivore sandwich at home!!!