We eat a lot of spicy food at our house. Could you tell? My husband is a late night snacker, and his go-to snack is carrot sticks and hummus. We have tried every kind. I have made my own chickpea and tahini hummus, also it was not my favorite cooking experience. But then we tried this black bean hummus! I think this recipe might just become a staple in our home, something that’s always in my fridge, much like the breakfast bake I make for the kids every week.
The inspiration for this recipe came from an anniversary dinner this past year. We visited the Steer Barn Restaurant for our fifth wedding anniversary this past year and both ordered the same thing for dinner – Pan Fried Sea Scallops over Black Bean Puree. Oh. My. Damn. It was heavenly. And my husband has been bugging me to make something similar for him ever since.
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So for dinner last week, I tried my hand at it. I seared my scallops in a cast iron skillet.
Side Note: I use my cast iron skillet for EVERY THING. If you don’t have one, get one. It will replace half the pots and pans in your kitchen.
The black bean hummus was one of my easiest recipes to date. Into a food processor (another kitchen MUST-HAVE) goes 2 cans of black beans (drained), some garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne, jalapeno, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. THAT’S IT!!! Puree it until it is smooth and it’s done!
We used our leftovers in a few different ways, all of which were amazing. I used the hummus as a spread on tacos and tostadas, and we used it as a bed for our scallops. We ate it as a dip with tortilla chips and veggies, and ate it plain too. It’s delicious. And the whole recipe cost me about $2.30 to make! Versatility and affordability will make this recipe a regular at the Doseck house.
I use this Cast Iron Skillet by Lodge EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I use it for eggs in the morning, bacon, fried rice, fried anything really, steaks, any stove-to-oven meal, and desserts. It cleans up in 10 seconds and becomes more non-stick the more you use it.
This food processor is another favorite of mine. I use mine for baby food, salsa, sauces, and even for grinding meats! They are a super versatile kitchen appliance.