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September 12, 2010 / amyjmcintosh

Beetroot dip


We have a new rule in our household. Supermarket dips are banned! They are overpriced, salty, oily and full of preservatives. From now on, we’re making our dips from scratch. No more store-bought hummus, tzatziki or guacamole for us!

Great served with crispbreads.

Beetroot and walnut hummus

Our first foray into the land of homemade dips resulted in a bright pink creation called Beetroot and Walnut Hummus. Paul found the rosy treat in Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Everyday. You will either love or hate the colour – it’s undeniably pink, thanks to the addition of beetroot.

Who would have thought there’s more to beetroot than the sliced, pickled variety you probably snacked on as a child and ate in sandwiches, hamburgers and the like. Turns out, this black sheep of the vegetable family is a star in the making.

You’ll need a hand blender for this one. Our normal blender really struggled to combine all the ingredients, so we got around it by adding all the dried ingredients first and then adding the wet ingredients separately. Then we combined them together at the end.

Be warned, this dip is garlicky, so chew on some parlsey stalks if you’re planning on doing any close talking. Looks aside, this is one helluva dip that goes down a treat with crispbreads.

Here’s the recipe for Beetroot and Walnut Hummus. And be sure to check out my other dip recipes here!

3 Comments

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  1. The Kitchenette / Sep 13 2010 4:20 am

    This looks gorgeous! I’ve heard the River Cottage cookbooks are the bomb.dot.com.

    How awesome would it be to have a bunch of multi-colored dips with crackers and veggies for a party? This beet dip and then maybe a regular hummus and then maybe a pea/edamame hummus? Or do you think the rainbow colors would scare people off?

  2. amyjmcintosh / Sep 14 2010 12:25 pm

    Hey Carter, glad you like my pink dip. I like your idea about multi-coloured dips for a party. As for edamame hummus, bring it on! Sounds delicious! Don’t suppose you have a recipe up your sleeve?

    • The Kitchenette / Sep 16 2010 5:33 pm

      Ha, no, I don’t have a recipe… I think I’ve seen one somewhere though. And you can find anything on the internet right???

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