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.

Comments

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    says

    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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    says

    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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