Now let's talk about flavor. This hummus recipe is for all of you who love garlic's sweet side. You know how when garlic is perfectly caramelized it is sweet and no longer pungent. You might think that a whole head of garlic is too much. Not when it is roasted. It is just wonderful. In this case, the honey helps to caramelize the garlic. This flavor combo is really well balanced. It does not taste like just honey or just garlic. This hummus has a smooth sweet hint of garlic. I garnished with a drizzle of honey and a roasted garlic clove or two. I loved the carrots with this hummus. For some reason the carrots brought out the sweet garlic flavor the most. I like it when experiments are delicious.
Honey Roasted Garlic Hummus
Makes about 2 cups, Serves 16 (2 Tbsp. serving)
1 head garlic
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. olive oil
1 can garbanzo beans (drained, reserving liquid)
3 Tbsp. tahini
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Drain the garbanzo beans reserving the liquid. Place beans in a pot and cover with water, about an inch more than the surface of the beans. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once beans begin to boil lower the heat to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cut the top 1/2 inch off the head of garlic, exposing the cloves. Set the garlic in the center of a square of heavy aluminum foil. Pour 1 teaspoon of the honey and 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over the garlic, season with salt, replace the top, and fold up the sides of the foil to make a package, crimping the top tight. Bake until very tender and golden, 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. When garlic is cool enough to handle, carefully pop out the garlic cloves by pushing up from the bottom. Reserve one clove for a garnish (optional).
Remove beans from the heat and drain. In the bowl of a food processor, add garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, roasted garlic, salt, remaining honey and olive oil. Blend until smooth, drizzling in a 1/3 cup of the liquid from the can. Add more liquid depending on how thick you like it.
To serve: Place 2 Tbsp. on a plate or in a ramekin. Drizzle with honey or olive oil. Garnish with the reserved roasted garlic clove (optional). Serve with veggies or pita for dipping.
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