Today is my birthday. I spend so much time cooking around my kids’ allergies and for their tastes, that I rarely get to pamper myself with the dishes that make me sigh in savory contentment. So today, my gift to myself is that all foods I prepare will be made lovingly for me.
I was craving hummus, but also considering making a raw herbed dill cashew cheese dip I had enjoyed in the past from choosingraw.com. I ended up deciding that maybe a dill hummus would be yummy…but, I have never made a dill hummus. I went looking for a recipe but didn’t find any one that made me excited. I WAS inspired by a food.com recipe that added dill pickle juice. However, as much as I love dill as a spice, I strongly prefer sweet pickles. So, I decided to get creative with my favorite base hummus recipe (given to me by Dr. Melanie Carr) and go for a sweet and sour version. To make, add the following into your Vitamix or food processor:
1/4 cup sweet pickle juice (or use your own homemade pickle brine)
1/2 cup organic sweet pickles or sweet relish (or use your own homemade pickles/relish)
2 (15 oz) cans organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
5 tbs tahini (i.e., sesame paste)
2 tbs pure olive oil
3 tbs fresh lemon, lime, or pineapple juice (I used pineapple due to a citrus sensitivity)
1-3 cloves garlic (depending on size of cloves and personal preference)
4-5 tsp fresh dill leaves or 1-2 drops of pure dill essential oil
Blend all ingredients into a smooth creamy texture. Add UP TO 1 cup of additional water (in slow increments) if needed to achieve your desired consistency. I think blending the actual pickles into the mix gives it the extra taste I was craving. You could also substitute dill pickles instead to get a stronger dill kick!
I am thoroughly enjoying my birthday treat as I write this, and sighing in contentment between bites. I hope you do too!
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