If you’re having a party or going to a party this weekend and need an appetizer or two, here are two that are big hits at my house. If you’re not familiar with tahini (in the hummus), it’s ground up sesame seeds and can be purchased at most major grocery stores. I’ve found it at Price Chopper and HyVee. At Price Chopper it was on the aisle with salad dressings and oils. It’s not cheap but it lasts a long time and it’s cheaper and better for you than buying pre-made hummus.
- 1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans, drained, but reserve liquid (If you forget and drain the liquid like I tend to do, just use water.)
- ½ cup tahini
- 1 clove garlic, cut in half
- 2 or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
Place reserved bean liquid (1/2 cup), sesame seeds and garlic in food processor (you can use a mixer if you don’t have a food processor). Cover and blend on high to mix well.
Add beans, lemon juice and salt. Cover and blend on high speed, stopping occasionally to scrape sides, if necessary, until uniform consistency.
Spoon dip into serving dish. Garnish with parsley. Serve with pita bread wedges, pita chips or tortilla chips.
Appetizer Party Pinwheels
- 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
- 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies, well drained
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 5 (10-inch) flour tortillas
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
- garlic powder to taste (I forgot the garlic powder and they were fine)
- seasoned salt to taste (I omitted)
Mix all the filling ingredients together thoroughly. Divide the filling and spread evenly over the tortillas; roll up tortillas like a jelly roll. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, twisting ends; refrigerate several hours. Unwrap; cut in slices ½ to ¾ inches thick. Serve with salsa or picante sauce.