Bacon Scallion Hummus

Bacon Scallion Hummus

My mom Noni’s classic BLT sandwich was a go-to in my childhood home. It featured crunchy bacon, iceberg lettuce, juicy tomatoes and tangy mayo layered between three slices of toasted white bread. The sky-high stack was skewered with toothpicks and then sliced into four triangles. No matter how many times I try to make it, and as simple as it is, I cannot duplicate that sandwich to match the taste of Noni’s. It’s one of those foods that just always tastes better when Mom makes it.

But this week I’m adding a creamy twist to the classic by using Bacon Scallion Hummus in place of mayo. Feel free to dig in to this silky spread with crunchy crudité or bagel chips, but I prefer mine slathered on toasted seven-grain bread, which I top with lettuce and tomatoes. Fresh scallions add a welcome zing to this quick-fix snack that’s made that much better by adding a splash of reserved bacon drippings in place of olive oil. Forget the skinny jeans and grab your spandex. While your pants may hate me, I promise your taste buds will be singing my praises.

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Bacon Scallion Hummus

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Bacon Scallion Hummus

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon
1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons chopped scallions (green and white parts), plus additional for garnish
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and reserve bacon drippings in a small bowl.

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together chickpeas, tahini, 1 tablespoon reserved bacon fat, lemon juice and chopped garlic, scraping down the sides and pulsing just until smooth.

Add the water, 3 slices of chopped bacon and 2 tablespoons chopped scallions. Pulse it a few more times until combined, and then season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and garnish with remaining chopped bacon and additional chopped scallions.

      

16 Responses to “Bacon Scallion Hummus”

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    Cassie — March 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    How fun is this?! I love the creativity. We are big fans of hummus; my in-laws sometimes live on the stuff. They will love this!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    you had me at “bacon”, but this is a great twist on hummus. See you in two days in sunny, hot Orlando!

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    Bev Weidner — March 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Holy dude, I LOVE THIS.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — March 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    i’ve been trying out all sorts of homemade hummus variations lately…and now i’ve got to try this one next!!

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    Katie — March 16, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Love this version of hummus you’ve created. I’ve yet to start dabbling in the world of homemade hummus. After reading this post I need to get moving… the possibilities are endless!

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    Javelin Warrior — March 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Bacon and scallions? Why not! Love the addition of these 2 to your hummus as a change-up from the traditional – very creative. I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

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    Maria — March 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Great kicked up version of hummus!

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    kamran siddiqi — March 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Bacon and scallions in hummus– is there anything better? I think not! :)

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    jen @ one curly fry — March 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This sounds amazing! Bacon makes everything better! So it would be so good in hummus!

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    maria reese — February 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    how can you go wrong with bacon, right?

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