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By Karin Calloway
White Bean Hummus
Hummus, the chickpea spread flavored with garlic, lemon juice and tahini, used to be an exotic treat, but today it’s everywhere. From your corner supermarket, to the food court at the mall, Americans are enjoying this delicious spread that’s served all over the Mediterranean and Middle East.
This White Bean Hummus is a lighter version of the classic. Here, cannellini beans (Italian white kidney beans) replace the usual chickpeas. Cannellini beans are lower in calories than chickpeas, and they add extra creaminess to this delicious spread. Garlic and lemon juice bring flavor to the spread, but the usual tahini (sesame seed paste) is omitted to decrease the fat and calories. Ground cumin and a pinch of cayenne complete the flavor medley.
You can serve your White Bean Hummus with store-bought pita chips, or you can bake up your own with the recipe for Pita Crisps below.
Makes 3 cups hummus.