Herby Chickpea Dip

Herby chickpea dip
It may look like hummus, but this unique chickpea dip is tangy and delicious. It’s worth seeking out umeboshi plum paste just for this recipe, which you’ll want to make over and over. Herbed chickpea dip
Yield about 2 cups
Time 5 minutes (+ chickpea soaking and cooking)
  • food processor
  • rubber spatula
  • 2 c chickpeas, soaked and cooked or canned, drained and rinsed
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T umeboshi plum paste*
  • 2 T fresh or 3 t dried herbs**
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • dash pepper
Directions Place the cooked chickpeas (it’s ok if they’re still warm) in the food processor along with all the other ingredients.

Blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor regularly and adding a bit of water as needed. Taste for salt and serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes * Umeboshi plum paste is a sour, tangy, extremely healthy Japanese condiment. It is key to this recipe and there’s really no substitution for it, but the good news is that an open jar will last for months in the refrigerator.

** Basil, marjoram, thyme, and rosemary are recommended (see below). Personally, I usually just use a couple of tablespoons of pesto, since I make that regularly and always have some on hand in the fridge or freezer.

The original recipe was made with white beans but I didn’t think they had enough flavor, so I use chickpeas instead. The original recipe calls for 1 t dried basil, 1 t dried marjoram, ½ t dried thyme, and 1/8 t ground rosemary.

The Ultimate Uncheese CookbookAdapted from the recipe for "White Bean Boursin" The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, by Jo Stepaniak.

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