Cilantro Lemon + Lime Hummus + Midwest Craft Beer + Spicy Lover

 

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Just a warm weather recipe with some light summer beers we wanted to share with all of you!  We paired this hummus with some Midwest craft beer.

Make this dip for your next spring/summer get together and instantly live out your high school dream of the most popular person at the party!  Easy recipe and totally fresh!

Grocery List:
2 garbanzo bean cans drained/rinsed (15 oz each)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic (we use the jar kind)
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons white pepper
1/4 teaspoons cayenne
2- 2 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoons cumin

Directions:
Put all ingredients above in a food processor and mix till smooth. Add more olive oil when mixing to get the garbanzo beans a smooth texture. Garnish with cut up fresh cilantro leaves on the top for some color! Chill in refrigerator to let flavors infuse together! We ate this chilled.  Serve with bagel chips, pita chips, tortilla chips, or fresh veggies.
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Disclaimers: 1)Tahini is ground sesame seeds. We found this in a jar at Hy-vee. It was by the jarred peppers — a rather odd place for this — so I would check out the condiments aisle near specialty olives or in the ethnic foods department. 2) Tahini makes this hummus for sure. It has a strong flavor and bitter on its own.  We used 2 1/2 tablespoons which is a good balance. Add more or less to your liking.  If you do not want the hummus as spicy, do not add the cayenne. We personally enjoy a little zip so we bring on the heat every chance we get! You can definitely add more if you are a spicy lover — as in food.  As in a lover of spicy food.  Not a spicy lover..

Moving on..

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Our humble, but accurate beer pairing opinions and recommendations, you ask?
American Blonde Ale, English Pale Ale, Light Lager

What are some light Midwest craft beers that fit into these beer categories, you ask?
American Blonde Ales

Farmer John’s Multi-Grain Ale, Confluence
South Side Citra Blonde, Confluence

English Pale Ale 
Schlafly Pale Ale

Light Lager
Blue Corn Lager, Confluence – an excellent seasonal

To learn more about these breweries click below:
Confluence Brewing Company- Des Moines, Iowa
Schlafly Beer- St. Louis, Missouri

If you’re like us, we’re hoping this recipe brings on the warm weather soon, and, heck, maybe a spicy lover for ya.  We are talking patio, beach, and poolside kind of weather.  Around eighty degrees, no clouds, and a slight breeze would be ideal.  Oh, sun, hummus, and beer. That would be glorious right about now.

With Love,
S|S

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