Back in the day, as in before my enlightenment, I was a HUGE spicy hummus fan. Trader Joes Spicy Hummus to be exact and my dipper of choice was Naan Bread. (cue loud *gasp* now)
To be honest, I've missed my dip!
I came across this recipe here from Paleo Plan and it looked easy enough.
As always I made some modifications and didn't follow it exactly.
Let's face it, I have trouble measuring and following directions.
Basically it went like this:
Preheat oven to about 475
1. take a head of cauliflower and cut it up, stems and all.
2. throw it in a large bowl and drizzle in some melted coconut oil
3. mix it up to coat all the pcs of the cauliflower then dump it onto a cooking sheet
4. sprinkle the cauli with sea salt and pepper and put it in the oven
5. bake until the cauli is brown and roasted which may be in the 20-30 minute range. I checked and stirred up the cauliflower about every 10 minutes or so to ensure it was evenly roasted and browned on all sides. This could be my OCD and may not be necessary.
6. pull out the cauliflower when done and dump into a food processor or blender
7. add in some garlic (3-5 cloves), about 1/2 cup of tahini, 1-2 tbsp of lemon juice, a few dashes of paprika, a few dashes of hot sauce, a shake or two of cayenne and a shake or two of red pepper flakes.
8. mix it all up till a nice mixture forms. You can drizzle in and mix some olive oil if you need too. It was pretty thick but I kind of liked it that way.
9. scoop it all into a bowl and eat it warm or chill it and serve later.
I ended up chilling it and eating it later with bell pepper slices. I've got to say this dip was SO DAMN GOOD! Had a wonderful kick to it. If you're not a spicy fan I'd cut back, or out completely, the hot sauce, cayenne, and red pepper).
This recipe did make a huge batch. Next time maybe I'll cut everything in half. We did eat it all though over the course of about 4 days.
It would make a fantastic spread for a lettuce wrap or paleo "sandwich".
I found myself eating it by the spoonful. The things you could do with this dip are endless but my favorite would probably just be sitting in the corner with a bowl of it and my spatula.
Trader Joes didn't have tahini and I didn't want to take a trip to Whole Foods or Berkeley Bowl where I would normally go, so I looked at Sprouts and they had it. A big box like Safeway may have it....I don't know.
Here are a few pictures.