Butter Bean Hummus

In an attempt to have a Southern spin on popular dishes, I created butter bean hummus this weekend!  After I made my hummus, I looked online.  I’m not the first to do this, which doesn’t surprise me since you could make hummus out of any kind of bean it seems. But I did vary the general recipes you can find online, and I hope you like it!

I cooked a 16 oz. package of frozen butter beans according to the directions then put them in a food processor.  Fresh beans are preferable, but they are out of season.  I have an 11 cup Cuisinart food processor.   If you don’t have one, you should put it on your Christmas list immediately!  I make soup, bread, grate cheese and vegetables, even juice with this thing.  I personally think an 11 cup is a perfect size for a normal kitchen.

Cooked butter beans in Cuisinart

Process the butter beans until they have fully broken down.  Don’t worry if it looks chunky to you; it will get smoother as you add the other ingredients.

Processed butter beans

Of course I forgot to take a photo with the other ingredients in the bowl.  Here is the list:

Greek yogurt – I use this instead of tahini.  There is less fat, and I’m not particularly fond of the taste of tahini.

Lemon juice

Garlic

Cumin, Cayenne, Salt, and Pepper to taste

Olive Oil, drizzled through the top of the Cuisinart in order to add it gradually after all the other ingredients have been processed together

The first time I made this, I just taste tested it to get the amounts of each ingredient.  I have a system now, but really, it’s up to your own taste buds.  For example, I love heat.  I was adding cayenne to this batch and the top fell off the cayenne and about 1.5 tablespoons fell into the bowl.  I tried to get out as much as possible, but eventually I just processed it to see what it would taste like.  This batch ended up having about 1 teaspoon of cayenne, which suits me fine but would probably be too hot for many people.

Here is the final product:

It actually doesn’t look this green in real life. My lighting must have been strange…

In keeping with the Southern style of this hummus, I added some red pepper relish.  I love LeGôut by Unilever, but you could also use chow chow.  LeGôut is sweeter, and it looks prettier when serving.  Serve with pita chips!  (I’m currently thinking about alternatives to pita chips.  Trying to figure out a good way to incorporate bacon…)

Voila! Southern alternative to hummus!

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