Butterbean and Beetroot Hummus with Pita Chips

We much prefer a starter to a desert (though frequently have all three courses). This is a quick, easy and impressive starter if served in individual ramekins, a tasty lunch or a buffet/mezze style starter.  Hummus is everywhere at the moment, on restaurant and bar menus, we put a spin on it with butter beans rather than chick peas as the main ingredient.

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of Butterbans
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Beetroot
  • Garlic oil
  • Fresh chives
  • Granary pita breads
  • Garlic oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Method

  1. Drain the butterbeans, but leave a little excess liquid in the can
  2. Empty into a food processor
  3. Add two cloves of garlic and start the food processor
  4. After about thirty seconds, start adding the garlic oil until the mixture becomes thick and smooth
  5. Add the chives so that there is a smattering of green in your mix
  6. Keep whizzing until the mix is smooth and not too watery – just like the consistency of hummus!
  7. Chop the beetroot into small chunks and then fold into the mix. Fold gently – do not stir madly as you do not want the Beetroot to completely mix with  the butterbeans
  8. Decanter into a serving bowl or ramekins and then straight to the table, or to keep in the fridge for a day or two
  1. Cut the pita chips into little squares / triangles / whatever shapes you want, but make sure you separate the two sides. You should also remove any pappy soft clumps that might be in the middle.
  2. Arrange these on a baking tray evenly and cover (or spray) with your oil and then season to taste. Salt and pepper work a treat, but you might want to be a bit more adventurous. Bake at 170°C until chip-like (about 15 – 20 minutes)

This is a great cheap and easy starter that is bound to impress with its festive colours, rich textures and soft flavours.

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