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Beltane Recipe: A Trio of Hummus and Creative Ways to Serve Them

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Sage has been celebrating the Wheel of the Year with her family for 25 years as a Wiccan; she's like the NeoPagan Martha Stewart.

Beltane Recipes

Beltane-- known to many non-Pagans as May Day -- is a big celebration of spring. It's time for the greening, when the warming of the land finds us coming out of 'hibernation' and into the streets and parks and gardens.

We usually spend the entire day out -- we bask in the sunshine, perhaps participate in a Maypole dance, then celebrate with a big bonfire and drum circle at night. Being outdoors, I look for something fast and easy to make. But hey, it's still a holiday, so I want to serve something really yummy.

I've found hummus to be a huge hit at any Beltane. I love it because it's just so easy and inexpensive to make. I can season it all different ways, and everyone can jump on their favorite.

I've also learned that hummus is very versatile-- if you've only been using it as a dip, you're missing out!

Here I share with you my base hummus recipe, and show you three different ways to spice and season it up. Next, we'll go over a few creative ways to use hummus-- beyond dipping!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: About 2 pounds of hummus, in 3 different flavors

Want to Learn More About Beltane?

Check out my hub on this fun Pagan holiday on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year:

Wiccan Holidays: What is Beltane?

Ingredients

  • 2 12-oz cans chick peas, drained
  • 8 oz can black beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon
  • salt (to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, (omit or reduce for lower fat hummus)
  • Water
  • 4 to 6 oz roasted red peppers (jarred is fine)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tsp pickled ginger
  • curry powder (to tastee)
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions for Making 3 Kinds of Hummus in 15 Minutes or Less

  1. Throw the chick peas, tahini, juice of 1/2 lemon, garlic and olive oil into a blender or food processor. Pulse it. Add just a splash of water as needed to keep the mixture moving and make it creamy.
  2. Taste it. Add more lemon if desired. Add salt to taste. Pulse until you're happy with flavor and consistency.
  3. Take the hummus out of your machine. Divide the mixture, making one portion about 1/2 the size of the other two portions.
  4. Take portion #1 (one of the larger portions) and throw it back into the machine. Throw in the red pepper and paprika. Pulse and blend till creamy. Again, adjust spices to your taste.
  5. Take portion #2 (the other larger portion) and throw in the honey and ginger. Pulse and blend till creamy.
  6. Take portion #3 (the smaller portion) and add the black beans, cumin and curry. Pulse and blend till creamy. A little curry goes a long way, so add about 1/4 tsp at a time until you are happy with the spice level.
  7. Store each in a separate container that closes tightly. Chill them in the fridge for an hour, or keep them up to 10 days.

Makings for a Tasty Picnic Sandwich

Another great thing about hummus for Beltane picnics and pot lucks is that it doesn't go bad as fast as mayo or meat.
Another great thing about hummus for Beltane picnics and pot lucks is that it doesn't go bad as fast as mayo or meat. | Source

Great with Hot or Cold Foods

Hummus is versatile!
Hummus is versatile! | Source

Different Ways to Serve Hummus

Hummus is most traditionally used as a dip, and that's fine if you like it! Some things you can put out on a platter for dipping includes:

  • pita breads or flat breads
  • tortilla chips
  • crackers
  • raw veggies
  • cut up apples and pears (goes especially well with honey hummus)

Make hummus into a wrap. Some of my favorites include:

  • roasted red pepper hummus spread on a wrap and add a couple spears of roasted or grilled asparagus.
  • black bean hummus on a wrap with banana slices and topped with sour cream
  • chicken fingers and honey ginger hummus

Use hummus liberally as a sandwich spread. Some of my favorites include:

  • any kind of hummus on sprouted wheat bread, topped with spinach and tomato
  • roasted red pepper hummus on white bread topped with sprouts, olives and shredded lettuce
  • chicken salad or tuna salad -- nix the mayo and use honey ginger hummus instead
  • black beans with a slice of cheese on rye or pumpernickle

Use hummus as a sauce. Just thin it with a little more water -- or add flavor and thin it with your favorite broth (chicken, vegetarian, etc.). Try using it for:

  • a sauce to top grilled or broiled fish -- the roasted red pepper is awesome here
  • top your grilled chicken or use it on the side as as dip
  • instead of spaghetti sauce, pour thinned hummus over your pasta -- throw in some extra whole chick peas or some kind of beans as well for a hearty vegetarian pasta
  • Black bean hummus poured over rice or rice balls is yummy
  • mash hummus into your mashed potatoes
  • Top your favorite steamed or roasted veggies with hummus

With all these different ways to do up your hummus, your guests won't get bored of it.

Happy hummus making and blessed Beltane to you!

Go All Out with Home Made Tahini

More About Beltane

Beltane: Springtime Rituals, Lore, & Celebration
Beltane: Springtime Rituals, Lore, & Celebration

A great resource for Beltane. Not a lot of Pagan holidays have an entire book about how to celebrate it as a modern-day Pagan. This is a great guide, particularly for those who like to make holidays festive.

 

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 5 days ago

      Awesome, thanks!

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      June Liandra 6 days ago from State of Wyoming

      i tried this, and they taste great thanks!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thanks MsLizzie, you gotta have some spice! LOL.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great ideas! I love hummus! I tried making it once, but went wrong somewhere, and it came out very blah tasting....I guess I forgot the spice. LOL

      Voted up and across!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thanks Victoria Lynn, I appreciate it. Thanks for your comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love trying different hummus recipes. Pinning this one. Thanks!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      I know, I am looking forward to it next week, we're doing a beach picnic. Thanks blueheron for your comments!

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      Sharon Vile 3 years ago from Odessa, MO

      I love hummus!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Hi Billy~ have a great weekend too, and tell your son Happy Beltane from me, lol. ;-)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thank you akhileshbloger, and thanks for commenting. Have a happy Beltane!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thanks Susan! I appreciate your comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Passing this one to my son, as always.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Akhilesh Bloger 3 years ago from New Delhi

      Wow... Good recipe of Beltane potluck. I like this so much.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.