Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hoppin' John Bean Butter

Don't save the black-eyed peas for New Year's Day. This is a super-easy treat you can enjoy all year long. This dish splits the difference between traditional hummus and typical Southern fare, but the outcome is something very special. The creaminess of the beans serves as the perfect vehicle for the heat of the Tabasco and the smokiness of the salt.

This is a great dish for a party. You can make it ahead of time and have it on the table when your ravenous guests arrive. For a little extra flair, save a few peas to garnish the top of the dish.

Hoppin' John Bean Butter

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large garlic cloves (smashed)
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 cups prepared black-eyed peas (or 1 can drained)
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon tahini
1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

In a medium pan over medium-low heat, add the olive oil, garlic, coriander, and cumin. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the garlic has softened. Add the contents of the pan to the work bowl of your food processor along with the black-eyed peas, Tabasco, lemon juice, tahini, hickory smoked sea salt, and cracked black pepper. Blend until smooth. Serve with toasted baguette or pita chips.

Makes 1 1/2 cups. Serves about 4 as an appetizer.


The Yogi Vegetarian said...

What a great alternative to chickpea hummus! I love trying out new twists on favourites such as hummus, so I'll give this one a go as I just love black-eyed beans. Hummus made with "anything but chickpeas" is supposed to be a hot food trend for this year. I made a Springtime hummus with green and dried peas and thyme the other day; it's on my blog if you want to take a look..

Alexis said...

I love hummus, this looks like a great change-up. Thanks for sharing!

Eric F said...

Looks amazing, making it tomorrow!

emmycooks said...

This looks so good. Everything looks so good!

Angie T said...

Hi! I am not a big fan of tahini and was wondering if you could offer an alternative to it. I would love to try this!

The Chubby Vegetarian said...

I guess you cold try sunflower butter or miso paste. Let me know what you think.

Jenny said...

I have made this several times, twice with navy beans instead of black-eyed peas. Great stuff! Thanks!

Amie Plumley said...

Finally made it tonight! I was out of chickpeas, but had some black eyed peas. yum!