Monday, April 7, 2014

Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer

Avocado feta hummus is good as a stand alone dip--but it sings when you layer it with fresh & preserved vegetables and additional cheese then scoop it up with fresh veggies and pita chips

Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer | Farm Fresh Feasts

Being a local seasonal eater means I get to eat amazingly delicious foods.  Fresh food--tomatoes, strawberries, even celery--just tastes better and I'm usually willing to wait out the winter months for those fresh tastes.  But if I limited my diet to solely local foods, I'd miss out on bananas, avocados, olives, shrimp, chocolate, salmon, tea . . . lots of stuff!

I compromise, of a sort, and think Kristy's idea of eating 80% local/20% other, as described in her podcast, is a terrific idea.  Every beet we eat is from the farm share.  All the kale, as well. Nearly 100% of the tomatoes and tomato-based products we eat are from my backyard and our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share. [I buy tomato paste and am gifted with Grotto Pizza Sauce when my folks come to visit.] I make enough pesto to last us for the year.  I'm also good with garlic, between roasting my own crop and using the fresh stuff from the farm share.

Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer | Farm Fresh Feasts

Avocados are an area where I enjoy breaking out of the local foods mode.  After all, no avocado trees grow in my backyard here in Ohio!  After a second year in a row of resolving to add more avocados to my life [this is a New Year's Resolution more should adopt--it's fun!] I am happy to report that I've gone beyond guacamole.  As soon as I tried the combination of salty feta and creamy avocado in Maria and Josh's Avocado Feta dip I was hooked.  I keep coming back to that combination.  Last month I shared an Avocado Feta Lemon Yogurt Dip, and today I've made it into a hummus.

Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer | Farm Fresh Feasts

I think this dip--with the green olives, yellow peppers, and red onion--looks like Easter egg colors.  I'm sharing it now--though I've got more grilled cheese sandwiches and more carrot recipes and a use for leftover matzoh waiting in the wings--just because I thought it would be a nice Easter appetizer.
I know I've been sharing a lot of vegetable appetizers lately, but that doesn't mean we just stop eating them!  Having vegetable appetizers is a delicious way to feed my family vegetables when there aren't a lot of fresh ones available from our farm share.

Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer | Farm Fresh Feasts


Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer | Farm Fresh Feasts

Avocado Feta Hummus

¾ cup cooked chick peas (about half a can, rinsed and drained)
1 avocado
2 ounces feta cheese
2 to 3 Tablespoons lemon juice + zest if you've got a lemon handy
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 to 2 Tablespoons tahini paste
2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 cloves roasted garlic (here's how I roast and put up my garlic crop)
Optional toppings for Layered Vegetable Appetizer: more crumbled feta cheese, sliced green, purple, or black olives, sliced yellow, red, green or orange peppers, chopped red onions, marinated artichoke hearts, chopped carrots, sliced radishes, chopped broccoli, massaged kale, drizzled olive oil, crushed pita chips--honestly just throw it on there and see how it tastes

If you've got a food processor this is a breeze--combine all ingredients, chick peas through olive oil, in a food processor.  Pulse a few times to get it mixed, then process until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally. Other than a food processor, I'd try for a blender, or finely chop everything, using the flat of my knife to mash what I could into a cutting board, then stir it all together in a bowl.

Want more ideas for layered vegetable appetizers?  Just click on the photo to go to each recipe:Avocado Feta Hummus Layered Vegetable Appetizer | Farm Fresh Feasts http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/01/buffalo-butternut-squash-hummus.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/04/avocado-feta-hummus-layered-vegetable.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/08/layered-summer-veggie-appetizer.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2014/03/avocado-lemon-feta-yogurt-dip.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/06/five-layer-mediterranean-chicken-dip.html http://www.farmfreshfeasts.com/2013/08/fattoush-dip-with-kale-hummus.html Image Map

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12 comments:

  1. I'm with you -- if I only ate local, I'd miss lemons, coffee, shrimp, avocado, and a bunch of things that simply don't grow here in New England.

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    1. Lydia,
      Lemons! I utterly forgot about the whole citrus angle. I think I need an orangery, like I've seen at Monticello and Montpelier and wherever else we've toured. And, like, a mansion to have all the space for an orangery, and gardeners and housekeepers and all that . . .
      Thanks!

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  2. And mangos! And hibiscus tea! And … and … and! I love your layered dips!

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    1. Alanna,
      I went to a Local Foods Symposium last fall, and the keynote speaker started off his presentation by holding up a mango and asking the audience to identify what it was. He said his love of mangoes was why he could never be a 100% local eater (while living in Ohio, I suppose would be the caveat). My list of foods just keeps getting longer!
      Thanks!

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  3. Look at you putting the linkable collage to work so quickly. I'm impressed. Perhaps you can hop over to my blog next and get it all spruced up. My recipe section is in dire need of work. Sure, you'd have to learn Wordpress but if anybody could do it, it'd be you. I'd be forever grateful.

    These photos came out amazing! For real, they're beautiful and I can't wait to try this dip, and of course I will because I love all your dips. Your muffins too, but that's a different story for a different day.

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    1. Meghan,
      I snorted tea out of my nose--thinking I can learn WP--HA! Good grief I'm still blindly stumbling around Blogger! But thank you--I'm kinda chuffed with myself about these collages. And the dips. And the muffins. And the Cheater Margarita Smoothies.

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  4. This is just stunning; from start to finish! :) That collage looks good, too! I swear, it's so nice to see the results of my tutorials from other people! Makes my heart sing! I've stumbled this post & pinned it & +1'd because I NEED that hummus in my life!

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    1. Anyonita,
      Thank you so much! I'm so glad you shared your knowledge!

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  5. Loving your hummus!!! It's everything that's right with the world: feta, avocado, chick peas. Deeeeeeeelicious!

    And how impressive are you?!! How did you make that click-able collage??

    PS. Thank you for the shout out!! xoxoxoxo! Means the world to me and my little podcast.

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    1. Kristy,
      Thank you! You can get Anyonita's tutorial on mapping your photos here: http://www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk/2014/03/how-to-make-every-image-in-collage-link.html
      It's very easy to follow along, and she's got a video to show you as well--covers all learning styles!

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  6. Well, your Avocado, Feta Hummus so does look good, I'm going to have to try that one.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Kathy,
      It's a really yummy dip and the whole layered vegetable concept has me smitten. Now that I know my spouse is on board I'm thinking we'll have a lot of cool Dip Dinners this summer.
      Thanks!

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