Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Fresh Recipe: Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Hummus

I'm always looking for new, quick, and easy recipes and tips for entertaining, so when Summer Fresh Salads (one of my favourite prepared salad and dip brands!) asked me to create an affordable and easy recipe for entertaining using their Summer Fresh Hummus, my foodie wheels began turning at a remarkable speed. I started filling up my notebook pages with all sorts of wild ideas using Summer Fresh's delicious hummus. Despite how many ideas I had come up with, none of them seemed right to me. Although I've never thrown a party on my own, I've helped out at numerous parties thrown by my friends and family, so I know just how hectic preparing a party menu can be. Luckily I've picked up a few tips after helping out with all those parties. One of the most beneficial tips being to come up with a party menu that you can prepare in advance, allowing you to have fun with your friends and not be trapped in the kitchen all night long. It was this crucial tip that led me to come up with my Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Hummus.
I wanted to create a recipe that was big on flavour, could be served at any temperature, and could be snacked on all party long. My Mediterranean Roasted Vegetable Hummus fit the criteria perfectly. With the prep as simple as a quick chop and toss, this recipe is crazy easy to prepare, and because it can be served at any temperature, you can easily make this dip a day or two before, and simply scoop it into a serving dish and garnish when it's time to serve. Another tip that I've picked up for entertaining, is to take advantage of store bought food. No this doesn't mean your whole menu should come right out of the prepared foods section, it just means you should look to prepared foods as your aids, and build your own dishes from there. Using Summer Fresh Original Hummus as my one prepared food aid and my inspiration, I brainstormed which flavours make hummus sing. I thought of a falafel and all the delicious toppings they serve along with it, roasted eggplant being one of my favourites! As soon as eggplant entered the equation, I immediately knew what I wanted to prepare. The slightly chunky, herbaceous, roasted vegetable mixture complete with smokey eggplant, sweet bell peppers, and zesty red onion is the perfect contrast against the smooth, creamy, and garlicky hummus. Serve with fresh or toasted pita chips to scoop both dips into every bite for the ultimate summer dip! Check out my recipe, along with 9 other Canadian Food Bloggers recipes, on the Summer Fresh Facebook page and "like" your favourite recipe (ahem...perhaps a certain Mediterranean dip...hint hint, nudge nudge) to receive a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon from Summer Fresh and a chance to win a party for 20! What are you waiting for? Check out all the recipes here!

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The Smiths - Unloveable

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1 comment:

Velva said...

This is a wonderful party dish. I love hummus, in all flavor varieties.

You are right, parties are to be enjoyed, and if the host is running around, she/he can't enjoy the guests.