This Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt will soon be your favorite way to eat your beets! Roasted beets, tahini and yogurt are blended together to make a creamy and healthy dip with a bright pink color that can’t be beet!
Ok, I’m sorry for the pun but I couldn’t help myself. WHO COULD? Really, you can’t blame me for that. Alright, now that we’ve dealt with that let’s all move on and talk about this Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt that I have for you today. A few weeks ago I was invited to an Urban Farm Dinner Hosted by Barn 2 Door and American Farmland Trust. It was pretty much a dream, hosted in the backyard of a beautiful house in Wallingford, one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Seattle. A tent sheltered long tables, twinkling lights were strung above. There was a fire pit, and guests stood around it visiting while sipping their seasonal cocktails. Soon we sat down to an amazing, chef-prepared, farm-to-table dinner. A farm-to-table dinner because the mission of the night was to raise awareness about supporting local farmers and helping people find out where to buy locally grown food.
Mr. Briar and I have been making an effort to get to the farmers market more often, because we really believe that buying locally grown food is better all around – it tastes better, it is better for the environment because it isn’t shipped halfway around the country (or the world!), and it supports local small farms. We recently decided to start buying local eggs as well, mostly because we just can’t stand the idea of buying eggs from factory farms. And we would like to start buying humanely raised meat from local farmers and ranchers. Barn 2 Door essentially helps connect people with those farmers and ranchers.
Although everything at the dinner was unbelievably good, one thing that I couldn’t get out of my head was some beet hummus that was served as a starter. I was never a huge fan of beets, so I was shocked at how good that creamy beet hummus was. When I read the menu, I realized that it actually had yogurt in it too. No doubt that lent to the creamy factor. And the color! It is so vibrant you would swear it has some sort of food dye in it. I have noticed some beet hummus recipes around, including one on my friend Natasha’s blog Salt and Lavender. I have always been taken with the color, and after tasting it at the Urban Farm Dinner I finally decided I must make it for myself.
Most beet hummus recipes don’t contain yogurt, but I found one that did over on The Kitchn. I refered to my Easy Homeade Hummus Recipe to make some adaptations, and I finally came up with a recipe that I think comes close to the one I had at the dinner. One thing I found made a huge difference was the drizzle of olive oil on top – don’t skip it! This Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt is great served with pita chips or pita bread, and also with some vegetables for dipping. My favorite was the red bell pepper – they taste so great together!
Do you try to buy local food? Where do you find it?
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Creamy Beet Hummus with Yogurt
- 3 medium sized beets washed and trimmed (about 3/4 pounds)
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1 cup plain yogurt I used greek nonfat yogurt
- 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- olive oil for drizzling
- parsley for garnish optional
- edible flowers for garnish optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Wrap beets in aluminum foil (foil should form a pouch around beets and they should be completely covered)
- Place foil wrapped beets on a baking sheet and roast for 60-75 minutes, or until tender. Allow beets to cool.
- When the beets have cooled, use a paper towel (or your fingers) to remove the skin. You might want to wear an apron, that beet juice will stain everything!
- Cut the beets into wedges and add to a food processor with the garlic, tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and black & cayenne pepper. Process until smooth.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
- Garnish with parsley and edible flowers (optional)
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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I was not compensated to write about Barn 2 Door, however I did receive an invite to the Urban Farm Dinner free of charge. As always, I only talk about brands and businesses that I think are awesome, and my opinions are 100% my own.