Roasted Beet Hummus

I decided that this year for the Power of Pink, I wanted to try to make things that are naturally pink. In the past, I’ve always relied on food coloring or colored M&Ms to make my pink foods. I’m just upping the ante for myself.

I starred this recipe in my Google Reader a long time ago so that I’d remember to make it in October. This hummus is seriously BRIGHT PINK! It’s kind of weird to eat something this color, but the color all natural due to the beets.

The flavor of the hummus isn’t overly beet-y, which I was actually disappointed about… I have only recently started eating beets and this was the first time I ever bought some and prepared them at home (woohoo that means I’ve finished something on my 30-by-30!)

Hubby and I enjoyed this hummus on pita chips, fresh raw veggies, sandwiches, you name it. Next time I’d cut back on the cumin, but that’s just personal preference.


I’m entering this in the Power of Pink Challenge. Be sure to submit your entry by the end of the month by making something PINK!

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Roasted Beet Hummus

Yield: ~3 cups

Ingredients:

1-2 medium beets
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped finely
3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup tahini or sesame paste
1 Tbsp cumin
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. On a large roasting pan covered with foil, roast the beets for 40-70 minutes, or until smooth when poked with a fork. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then peel and cut into small chunks.

In a small frying pan, heat the tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and saute until soft, about 4 minutes.

Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl.

In a food processor, chop the beets, onions, garlic, and chickpeas together until smooth. Add the tahini and cumin, and process again. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, then replace the lid. While the blades are running, slowly add the lemon juice and olive oil mixture until the hummus is at your desired consistency.

Recipe from Erin's Food Files

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11 Responses to “Roasted Beet Hummus”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    That color is unreal! I’ve made beet green hummus but I’ll have to try using the actual beets sometime!

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    KV — October 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    wow that is pink!! I’ve been trying to think of a recipe for natural pink too instead of just food coloring but I can’t figure anything out

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    Courtney — October 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    What a great idea – it’s such a beautiful color!

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    Sara — October 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Pink is my favorite color! I’m not a fan of beets, but I would make this just for how cool it looks. :)

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You even made hummus look amazing!! That color is stunning! How pretty would that look on a table at a party?

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    Kerstin — October 14, 2010 at 4:18 am

    How fun – I love beets and the fuchsia is such a conversation piece!

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    We Are Not Martha — October 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is SO pretty!! And perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I’m sure it’s delicious too :)

    Sues

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    ChefBearden — October 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I have made a similar recipe in the past and when serving, place a swipe of creme fraiche in the center, makes it look even more dynamic! Great stuff, great way to get people to eat beets!

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    Miss Strawberry — October 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    That is so PINK! And so CREATIVE!!!! Love it, love it!! I’ve never had beet hummus either…but it actually sounds delicious…

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    nutmegnanny — October 21, 2010 at 2:40 am

    This looks delicious! It reminded me of borscht…yum!

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