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Beet Hummus with Crispy Beet Greens

Recipe courtesy of "A Cozy Kitchen"

1 medium-sized beet (with its greens still attached)
1/4 cup water
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and outer skin remove (last part is optional)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tablespoons tahini paste
Juice Sent from my iPhone

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice off the beet greens and set aside. To a small baking dish, add the beet, along with the 1/4 cup water. Cover the baking dish with foil and transfer to the oven to roast for 45 minutes, until the beet is tender when poked with a fork. Transfer the beet to a cutting board to cool; and being sure to reserve the beet juice for later use. Slice off the tops of the beet, peel it and then cube it up. 

2. To the jar of a blender or food processor, add the cubed beet, garbanzo beans, garlic cloves, tahini paste, lemon juice, lemon zest, ground cumin, ground coriander, olive oil and a splash of beet juice. Blend until smooth. You may need to add a splash or two of beet water to get it to your desired consistency. Give it a taste test and salt to taste (I added about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt). Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. 

3. To make the crispy beet green garnish, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan. As the oil is heating up slice your beet greens, discarding the stem. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Immediately sprinkle with a pinch of ground coriander, ground cumin and salt. Repeat until the remaining beet greens are pan fried. Note: you don’t need to do a lot. I did about 3 hand torn pieces. 

4. Break up the fried beet greens into shards and garnish the hummus with them. Or not. I also love this hummus topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a few sprinkles of sumac. 

Serves 4-6, as an appetizer

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