Let's have a conversation about bean dips. No I'm serious.
I'll make this conversation a little less awkward by alternatively stating we should talk about hummus. Yes because hummus is SO much less of an intimidating name than bean dip. Hummus sounds like an exotic getaway. Especially if you pronounce it like hoo-moos. Because I totally did that. Hummus is the ultimate bae of dips at the moment. If you're not sure what is in hummus, it's essentially a puree of chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste, think peanut butter with sesame seeds), lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. And, do not get me wrong, I LOVE a good hummus. As any Ottolenghi fan girl should. It makes a delicious pizza topping, crudite spread, pita chip dipper, salad dressing, and apparently dessert. Guys, I'm so so tempted to try this recipe, but I am so scared that it's gonna veer into the strange.
Then again, I've always had a thing for chickpeas.
Many of my meals as of late have featured hummus or have been served with a side of hummus or have basically been a bowl of hummus. Cause I'm an adult and I do what I want. The problem with hummus is, to do hummus RIGHT, you should peel off the skins of the chickpeas. Peeling the chickpeas from their skins makes for the smooth, creamy texture that you really want in a good hummus. I always find that, when I do it, I get a batch smooth like BUTTA. If you have never peeled chickpeas before, however, it the biggest pain-in-the-you-know-what ever. The skins, especially on canned chickpeas, are so so hard to peel off. It takes forever, and, as much as I love homemade hummus, I never want to make it due to this step.
I know, so high strung, right?
Now bean dip, to be honest, just sounds like a fart waiting to happen. Have any of you ever seen the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles. First of all, it is slightly ironically racist, but like everything made in the 1970's, I hope that you can give it a pass in spite of that. Whenever I hear the words bean dip, I automatically revert back to a scene where the cowboys are eating plates and plates of beans and farting. And the vulgarity makes me laugh but also not sound so appealing. Now, I know a chickpea is technically also a bean/legume thing, but no one ever calls chickpea dip bean dip, youknowwhatimasaying? However, I have very recently have found the magic that is white bean dip. And hear me out, because I think you should give white bean dip a pass. Making dip with white beans means that it comes out SUPER creamy without having to peel the suckers. Which means less work and more dip in my FACE!
I took a seasonal twist with this baby by adding pumpkin, cause why not? Also, because I had some pumpkin in my fridge that was on its last legs and, like everything, I just did it and prayed nothing bad would happen/I wouldn't get food poisoning. Reminds me of college tbh. The chipotle pepper is what really makes this dip stand out, so makes sure you pop that sucker in. It's the sweet/heat/savory/creamy dip that dreams are made of. I actually sent my mom the unicorn emoji when I told her about the recipe. It's that good. Unicorn emoji good.
Pumpkin Chipotle White Bean Dip
Makes 2 cups
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.