GUYS. Grilled. Corn. Hummus. It’s summer and in classic basic b. fashion, I’m eating all the grilled corn I can because that’s who I am and I am totally okay with that.
I have to be honest, I was late to the hummus game. Like, I only started liking it–for real–in the last few years. I’d eat it if it was there, using it as a dip for a pita chip or crudite but, I always sort of felt like it was a shrug-worthy food. Then I had a few versions at Lebanese restaurants–silky smooth and so addictive scooped up with warm pita–that my mind was instantly changed. Store bought versions still mostly underwhelmed me (though there is a local version, chunkier and thicker than most, that I really love) and it took me FOREVER to make my own. The thing is, I kind of didn’t intend to make my own. I actually made Casper a chickpea-carrot puree that was basically hummus and found myself eating it out of the blender. DUH! Lightbulb-moment, guys.
But, now I have hummus in my life and this version is currently my fave because of the subtle sweetness and faint smokiness from the grilled corn. I used white beans just because that’s what I was feeling, but it’s excellent with chickpeas, too. This hummus is great with some pita but, I also really love it with cool cucumber slices for some crisp freshness. PS, it makes a great at-home happy hour snack beside a chilled glass of something to sip (#rosealltheway).
- 2 ears of fresh corn
- 1-2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
- 1, 15-ounce, can white beans--drained and rinsed
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- salt to taste
- lukewarm water--if needed
- chives, olive oil, flaky sea salt, and paprika for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your grill or a grill pan. Remove the husks and silk from the corn, rub each ear lightly with canola or olive oil. Grill the corn, on all sides, until you have a few charred spots all over--this should only take a few minutes per side. Remove and place on a plate to cool a bit. Cut the kernels off the ears of corn and set aside 1 heaping cup for the hummus. Reserve the rest as a garnish.
- In a blender or food processor add the drained white beans, garlic clove, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and the 1 cup of corn. Pulse until smooth and blended--taste and season with salt to your liking. Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin to desired consistency--I like it to be just pourable. Place the hummus into a bowl and garnish with the reserved corn, snipped chives, some flaky sea salt, a sprinkle of paprika, and olive oil. Serve with pita or vegetables.