The basic recipe for hummus (substitute at will!):
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained or 2 cups freshly cooked
1/2 c. tahini
1 T. lime juice
1 t. cumin
1 clove garlic
1/4 t. cayenne
Salt to taste
Blend all but the olive oil. Gradually add enough olive oil to make it creamy but not runny. Season with salt to taste. Refrigerate for the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature with toasted pita chips, pretzels or sliced cucumbers, peppers and carrot sticks.
Black beans with sour cream, cumin, garlic and chopped chipotle chiles in adobo. Serve with tortilla chips or toasted corn tortilla wedges
White beans with almond butter, roasted peppers, roasted garlic. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.
Black-eyed peas with crumbled crisp bacon, sweet onion and sweet peppers. Serve with cornbread squares
To traditional hummus, add chopped roasted red peppers, a couple of tablespoons of cooked pumpkin or butternut squash or sun dried tomatoes.