Updated: Aug 20, 2019
Wow your crowd with this low-carb, high flavor appetizer. Oven-roasted cauliflower replaces the garbanzo beans in traditional hummus. (Which I also love.) I like to use organic ingredients, but that's certainly optional. I serve this in a 9-inch pie dish with a lemon wedge and a lettuce leaf as garnish. Topped off with Feta cheese crumbles, diced cucumbers and olives, this one is a healthy and delicious way to start a meal.
By: Melinda Keckler, Crinkled Cookbook
One large or two small heads of organic cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
water, if needed to soften consistency of the hummus
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and diced (I use English cucumbers)
1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
Naan bread or pita bread/chips. Or your favorite sturdy, mild bread, crackers or carrot slices.
Preheat oven to 400° - line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with Pam. Place cauliflower in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil. Place cauliflower on baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the cauliflower browns on the edges. Allow to cool for a few minutes while you get your food processor and the remaining ingredients ready for action.
Place cauliflower garlic, tahini, lemon juice and salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend until smooth and the consistency of traditional hummus add a few teaspoons of water - one at a time, if needed, and blend again. (You'll notice how the browned edges of the oven-roasted cauliflower creates great texture and eye-appeal.)
Place cauliflower mixture on a serving plate, or a pie plate, and top with Feta cheese, cucumbers and olives. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a small leaf of lettuce. Dig in!
Serve with warm bread or chips.
Serves 6 as an appetizer.
This recipe was inspired by a great appetizer my husband and I had one night at a Boise restaurant. I had no idea what the recipe was but thankfully, the ingredients are simple and after a few times trying, I think I finally figured it out. :)