Lately, my mind and palate have been re-visiting my travels to the exotic country of Morocco. I cannot even begin to express my love for this country, the Berber people, the history and above all the culturally diverse, balanced and insanely gorgeous dishes. My next recipe is this vibrant, Roasted Beet & Garlic Hummus. I am so delighted to share this hummus with you, it is an infusion of dishes I relished while traveling Morocco!
My almost three weeks in Morocco exposed me to a variety of impeccable dishes, each dish so diverse, influenced by the people and regions we visited. Our appetites were never-ending as we made our way through grand bustling cities, historic villages, the charming seaside medinas of Essaouria, old fish markets, the stunning high Atlas Mountains, the spectacular lush Ouzoud waterfalls, palm lined riversides, famous Gladiator Kasbah, colorful rich markets and camel rides over sunny sand dunes of Erg Chigaga, Sahara Desert.
While getting lost in the old underground Kasbah of the village of Tamengroute, we were ever so graciously invited into a family’s home. We shared cultures, laughs, life stories and watched an older lady skillfully weave a Berber carpet right before our eyes, all with a bottomless glass of sweet Moroccan mint tea. Needless to say, we would have been fools if we didn’t leave with a ravishing, made with love, Berber carpet.
One of the meals we devoured on this memorable day was Loubia, a traditional vegetarian Moroccan stew made with silky white beans, bursting tomatoes and heavenly Moroccan spices (this recipe still to come!). I married this inspirational stew with a traditional starter salad we enjoyed daily, made of earthy beets, lemon and parsley. Then BAM, my Roasted Garlic & Beet Hummus was born!
I wanted to create a balanced, silky and alluring flavored white bean hummus that was oil and sugar-free. The key to this recipe is the fragrant, caramelized roasted garlic which compliments the sweet beets incredibly, it has a hue of Moroccan cumin and zesty lemon that will keep you dipping away until you realize you’ve finished off the entire bowl… oops! This is a stunning and vibrant looking dish, perfect to bring to that next get together! Try this hummus with your favorites veggies, chips, crackers or give my Flame Roasted Red Pepper Buckwheat Crackers a go! I hope I can transport you to the world of Morocco, if only just for a bite. Xoxo