Here at Traeger, we're always looking for new ways to take on classics. We're a big fan of chips and dips but we love our BBQ and smoke as well. We had to come up with a great way to incorporate smoke and grill flavor into some classics. We present to you our Gameday Grilled Hummus.
Traeger Tailgate Series: Gameday Grilled Hummus
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Recommended Pellets: Pecan or Mesquite
1 head of garlic
1 can of chick peas
1 1/2 tbsp of Tahini paste
2 small lemons
1/4 c olive oil
Pita bread or pita chips for dipping
Start off by turning on your Traeger to the "Smoke" setting with the lid open for 3-5 minutes to warm up. Once the grill has warmed up, set it to 375. First thing we're going to do is get all of our ingredients out and ready.
Now what we want to do is take our garlic and get ready to slice a little off of the top to expose all of the garlic cloves.
Now let's take our garlic and pour just a touch of olive oil over the top of it and wrap it in foil to get it ready to roast.
Our grill should be ready for action now, let's set our garlic on for about 30 minutes. Let's go ahead and get our lemons ready to grill as well. Start by slicing your lemons in half.
Let's go ahead and open up our can of chickpeas, draining out half of the juice but reserving the other half for our dip. Go ahead and toss it into a large bowl or blender (depending how you're going to mix this).
Now we can add 1 1/2 tbsp of Tahini paste to our chickpeas.
30 minutes has gone by and our garlic is still working so let's add our lemons.
Grill your lemons for around 10 minutes and in the last 5 minutes, if you have pita bread, add it to your grill to toast it up a bit.
Go ahead and pull everything off of your grill. When you open up your garlic it should be very soft and have a nice soft brown color to it.
Next, let's take 1 whole lemon, 2 halves of course, and squeeze this over your bowl with a wire screen or cheese cloth to catch seeds.
The best part about this soft garlic is you can squeeze it out into the bowl of chick peas. You're looking to start with around 6-8 cloves of roast garlic to flavor your hummus.
This is the fun part, add your 1/4 c of olive oil and blend/smash this up by any means necessary. Once you have a nice dip forming feel free to add salt, paprika, cumin, really anything you'd like to flavor up this hummus. You can even top off the hummus once it's finished with paprika and more olive oil for looks or just eat it as is with your toasted pita or pita chips. The roast garlic flavor is amazing and the grilled lemon accent is a nice touch as well. This dip will have you coming back for more, repeatedly.
I like to pile up the pita and chips along with some more lemon in case any of your party goers or game day buddies love lemon. Now just sit back, enjoy some food and await the compliments. As always, we want to see your pictures. Add us on our social media by searching Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for @traegergrills. We love to see what you cook!