Recently, the sweet people at Gourmet Garden sent me a package of 11 of their tubes of their herbs and spices to play around with, and offered to send one of my readers the same!
The giveaway includes Garlic, Ginger, Lemongrass, Cilantro, Parsley, Chunky Garlic, Chili Pepper, Italian Herb, Basil, Dill, Oregano. Imagine what you could do with all these.
I had been craving hummus, so it occurred to me to use one of these to make my own spin on it.
I remember when I discovered hummus. I was 21 years old. So young. So stupid. Aren’t we all at that age?
Anyway, the day I had the opportunity to try it I was hooked. I mean, like I was driving to this pita joint 30 minutes from my house a couple of times a week to get my fix on.
It was ahhmazing. Where had this been all my life?? Had I been hiding under a rock? Why had I not been introduced to this simple-yet-addictive-bean-dip before? At the same time I got hooked on tabbouleh – which is a salad made of tomato, fresh parsley, bulgar, lemon juice and olive oil. Aaaannnd I also discovered babaganoush, which is an eggplant dip. Yes, I know the name is a mouthful, but it’s so delicious.
Kids – you cannot be scared of these things. I tell my children they always need to to try anything and everything. You have to broaden your horizons.
And, no, that doesn’t work all the time on the kids, but I love the fact that my husband puts up with my kitchen shenanigans – he’ll try anything I give him. However, I do know the look on his face when he’s thinking “Shit – not again, ok fine, yes I’ll taste it”.
Bless his little heart.
Now, this hummus is a little out of the ordinary. I combined a sesame peanut sauce with prepared ginger and prepared hummus.
It’s seriously fantastic.
I think it should have it’s own reality show.
To begin, make the sesame peanut sauce:
- 1/3 c low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp powdered garlic
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor until smooth.
Now the rest:
- 1 cup prepared hummus
- 1/3 cup sesame peanut sauce
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp Gourmet Garden ginger paste
- Whisk all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
Ok, onto the giveaway. Enter your email address in the box below and follow the steps to enter.
JMFebruary 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM
I would love to try these out in a meat marinade or to whip up some salsa & guacamole!
Susan VFebruary 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM
I would love to experiment with using them for savory dishes, appetizers, dips… I could think of a majillion ways I would like to try them with!
Grishma @ZaikazabardastFebruary 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM
None of my dish is complete without Herbs! Love them and hey your hummus sounds incredible. Ginger -wow! Never thought about it. Making my regular batch tonight so will be trying out a little with ginger as well. Thanks for the recipe.
BarbaraFebruary 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM
These would be wonderful to have – I love adding herbs to olive to use with pasta.
BarbaraFebruary 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM
Oops – olive oil.
Kimberly P.February 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM
I love the garlic and add it to anything Italian…especially my meat sauce for lasagna. The chili pepper would be used in my chili.
Cindy BrickleyFebruary 19, 2013 at 7:38 AM
I love gourmet gardens herbs and use them in in everything I make. I love them on pasta.
Minnie(@thelady8home)February 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM
Hummus even I get hooked, its absolutely yummy. Your recipe sounds very unique!
Andrea WattsFebruary 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM
I would make ranch dressing
Amanda ThompsonFebruary 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM
I would make spaghetti and meatballs!
Nancy MarieFebruary 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM
The sesame peanut dip sounds wonderful..
I love peanut sauce with Chicken Satay.
So I’m sure with chips I would also love…
The problem is eating too many!!
JennieFebruary 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM
I would much more likely make recipes with fresh ginger if I didn’t need to peel and chop it!
TrippFebruary 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM
I would try this new hummus you posted, plus the classic hummus I have been making for years.
stephchowsFebruary 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM
I would probably add them to olive oil to create a tasty dipping oil for bread