Thursday, August 22, 2013

individual crudités // white bean basil hummus

individual crudités // white bean basil hummus
I hosted our bi-monthly book club gathering last week. If you know me, you are well aware how much I love hosting parties; amazing food, cocktails, music and conversation. The best part about entertaining is being able to see to it your guests go home happy and full with a big smile on their faces & leave talking about when the next gathering will be. Our book club gatherings not only focus on the book content and conversation surrounding the book but also the good food that goes along with the meeting. Easy to eat, conversation friendly food is a must for book club - these individual crudites with white bean basil hummus is the perfect fit for any gathering, plus you totally bypass the double dippers out there!


individual crudités // white bean basil hummus
See all that beautiful produce? Yup, straight from my garden - I have always considered August to be the peak of the garden season. Flowers are in full bloom with a heady perfume, tomatoes are ripening on the vine, cucumbers, bush beans and carrots are still producing nicely. Tell me, are those royal purple burgundy beans not the most beautiful bush beans you ever did see?

individual crudités // white bean basil hummus individual crudités // white bean basil hummus
individual crudités // white bean basil hummus
This is the first year that I have successfully grown an abundance of basil- in years past it was a hit or miss, most of the basil being enjoyed by the slugs instead of being made into pesto or eaten alongside summer tomatoes.  I truly have more basil than I know what to do with, which means I have become a bit more creative where & when I sneak basil  into everyday  meals. White Bean Basil Hummus, was one answer - a very good one indeed.

individual crudités // white bean basil hummus individual crudités // white bean basil hummus

individual crudités // white bean basil hummus individual crudités // white bean basil hummus
The hummus is the perfect dipper for individual crudites - the hummus is sturdier than a creamy dressing or dip which helps to secure the veggies in place and ensures you get plenty of dip on each veggie.
My Gram was a little confused on how these individual crudites work, instead of taking a cup she simply took a few veggies out of the cup...and left the cup, you gotta love Grams'. 

I left the Purple Beans raw, cooking them would have resulted in a loss of that beautiful purple color; if you prefer you can quickly blanch the beans then arrange in the cups. Any mix of veggies work well, in the past I have used mini skewers for 3 cherry tomatoes for each glass - they were super cute.

Our book club pick this past month was The Kitchen House, a really good read that I would recommend- the entire group actually enjoyed the book, a rarity that a book receives 100% positive reviews, we have a very opinionated group. The next book club pick is Gone Girl, do any of you have any amazing reads you would recommend or have read Gone Girl or Kitchen House- what did you think?

individual crudités // white bean basil hummus
Individual Crudites with White Bean Basil Hummus
makes 6 crudite' cups

you will need:
1 can white beans (about 1/2 cups)  (I used butter beans)
1 small garlic clove
juice of 1 lemon
pinch of red pepper flakes
healthy pinch of salt
handful of basil leaves
healthy drizzle of olive oil- about 1 tbsp

Variety of Veggies
Small juice glasses for serving
assembly:
In a food process place all ingredients sans veggies and process until smooth.

Prep your veggies and cut into easy to eat spears. Place about 1 rounded tablespoon of hummus into the bottom of each glass, arrange veggies into the glasses & serve!

Leftover hummus is great as a sandwich spread with roasted za'taar eggplant!
Yum

36 comments:

  1. Oh, man! I loved Gone Girl. Lucky you! You're in for a real page turner.

    The little cups are super cute, and I especially like the idea of spearing cherry tomatoes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YAY! I am so excited to hear that you loved the book, I have heard some pretty great reviews - totally love a good page turner :)

      Delete
  2. this is an awesome idea! i love that gorgeous produce from your own garden:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have always loved having a garden, do you have room at your new place for one?

      Delete
  3. These are stunning! So simple yet so enticing. I love them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Angie- I love how simple and pretty these are too!

      Delete
  4. This looks like such a good way to make crudites a little fancier. I bet these guys would go over really well as a little amuse set in the middle of each plate at a dinner party. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. So pretty. Plus, that hummus is seriously calling my name!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOVE hummus too, that is one thing I always have in the fridge or ingredients on hand to make a batch!

      Delete
  6. I love that your "Grams" took a few of the veggies out. So fantastic!

    I was wondering how your book club works and how you got started, would you share a post or two about that?

    One of my favorite books Into The Free by Susan Cantrell. The sequel is due out next month and I can not wait to get my hands on it. Since I work in a library that won't be too hard!!

    Have a beautiful day!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. oooo thanks for the book recommendation, I am going to check it out! I hope you get a chance to check out my post about our book club :)

      Delete
  7. You should read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand in the book club! I was absolutely gripped the whole way through. Your book club sounds like so much fun! I know these beautiful crudites must have been thoroughly enjoyed by all who indulged.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you can join us Julia- I love all these book recommendations, thank you!!! xoxo

      Delete
  8. Wow. Doesn't get any fresher and healthier than this. Might make these with the kids. Thanks for an interesting little recipe. Nice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These are great and so easy to make with little ones!

      Delete
  9. Looks so wonderful! I would be beyond happy if I was served these at a book club meeting :) I've only ever gone to a couple, but there were no healthy options I can tell you. Thankfully there was wine ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wine certainly makes the conversation interesting, if only you lived closer- you would certainly not go hungry at our book club meetings!

      Delete
  10. I like it because my fingers can move fast and and it’s like a challenge and I like it but why sooooo many ads that’s in called for that’s what the problem is you need to fix it so the better this game can be the more u are happy and others. That’s every thing I think of this came
    If you want to learn more about The Electric Blender, you can visit now

    ReplyDelete
  11. You put really very helpful information airennorgames Keep it up. Keep blogging.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Vegetables are excellent in our body. It can fix those harm cell into typical. So in the event that you need to be solid, Eat vegetables learn about Bussiness Drive - Google vist here get more information.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Those beans and your whole kitchen looks so medicinal and thoroughly disinfected.your article is really impressive. I like the way you think, reason, and information you give.
    Harley Quinn Costume - USA Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, this is very interesting reading Stephanie Hayden Net Worth I found a lot of thing which I need. Great job on this content. I like it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. You put really very helpful information anilinkz Keep it up. Keep blogging.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for sharing such information with us. It was too useful and productive. John Magaro The Umbrella Academy Jacket . Please keep posting such great work.

    ReplyDelete
  17. AllHomeworkHelp is the best service that you are searching for where you will get your science homework help done perfectly as your requirements and level. We are offering the best quality science homework help to the students. We have most experienced and skilled science homework helpers that are available 24*7 times.

    ReplyDelete
  18. write my marketing assignment online in Malaysia-. We, on Live network instructors, deliver to you that the greatest important marketing assignment reporting help at the most suitable price. write my marketing assignment

    ReplyDelete
  19. Allassignment help tutorial tools who help students globally at all level academic. We work 24*7 for your convenience, so you don’t need to wait for any certain time, you can reach any time at our site, for any Assignment Help directly get into touch with our expert write college homework for me, you can concern directly with our Assignment Expert. Homework writing service in uk me at any time with good service.

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is the first time that I visit here. I found so many exciting matters in this particular blog, One thing I would like to request you that pls keep posting such type of informative blog. Top Gun Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  21. I appreciate this blog your blog is vert help full for me i really enjoyed this stuff dude. Rocketman Jacket

    ReplyDelete
  22. the understudies scarcely get at whatever point for focusing on their scholastics. The understudies are not set up to give a foreseen extent of time to their understudies and assignments.
    write my essay online

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is very Interesting post. I haven’t read this type of article before. This Information is very helpful and useable for me. Please don’t stop posting this type of article. We are also selling theDesert Landscape Dex Parios JacketPlease visit on this.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by - your comments make my day!