Depending on one’s perspective, the lure of Super Bowl Sunday might be the good eats, funny commercials, big-name halftime show or, of course, the football! Whether you are in it for the action between the goal posts or the general game day revelries, a few choice munchies will set the stage for a spirited evening and pair well with the requisite bowl of chili.
In the last month or so, I have been on a hot sauce kick–specifically, a buffalo sauce kick. Some of my favorite creations involving this popular condiment included a buffalo chicken pizza, a hearty dinner salad incorporating chicken and a bag of broccoli slaw, and a spicy spin on a classic dip. I thought this recipe would be especially fitting as we approach game day.
Buffalo Wing Hummus skips the chicken but enlivens a dip traditionally associated with Middle Eastern flavors. As an added bonus, this appetizer is high in protein and low in fat, allowing a little extra room for the typical fare that we are sure to devour while watching the commercials–I mean the game!
- 2 (15.5-ounce) cans garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and well drained with 1/2 cup liquid reserved
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste; available in the international aisle of the grocery store)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
- 2 to 3 tablespoons cayenne hot sauce (such as Frank’s Hot Sauce; see notes)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Garnishes: Crumbled blue cheese and extra hot sauce for drizzling overtop.
- For serving: tortilla chips or pita chips, celery sticks, and/or crudités of choice
- Put the garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, paprika, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and salt in a food processor.
- Puree the ingredients, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed and slowly drizzling the reserved liquid through the feed tube, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Transfer the hummus to a bowl, top with blue cheese and a drizzle of hot sauce, and serve with chips, celery, and additional veggies of choice.
- I use Frank’s Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce, which can be found in the condiment aisle of the grocery store. For those with a low threshold for spice, two tablespoons will add flavor but very little kick. If you prefer more zing, start with three tablespoons, adding more according to preference.
- Leftovers will keep, covered in the fridge, for a week to 10 days and are a healthy, hearty addition to your favorite turkey or veggie sandwich. When served with vegetable dippers of choice, the hummus makes a delicious, high protein lunch all by itself.