Every now and then I have a fierce craving… for hummus. Which may not be a typical food craving. Since I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth, apparently being deprived of legumes sometimes makes me cranky! But while I was bumbling around the kitchen trying to come up with a kind of hummus substitute, I realized I didn’t have any tahini anyway. Uh-oh, double cranky alert. It’s pretty much accurate to say that crankiness was the mother of this carrot dip. In the end, though, that turned out to be a blessing; this is less a faux-hummus and more a sweet vs smoky dip, courtesy of the carrot and smoked paprika combo.
While I am a card carrying member of the “eats too much garlic to be allowed out in polite society” club, I appreciate that most normal people aren’t. The one clove of garlic I used in this does turn out to be pretty punchy. If that’s not your thing, you can decrease down to about half a clove, use some more mellow roasted garlic or skip it altogether. Go with your own preferences.
Oh, and definitely use fresh lemon juice, that really makes the other flavors shine. I served mine with halved mini sweet peppers in place of chips – noms!
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