Jack's Black Bean "Hummus"
From our friend Jack, with no chickpeas but all the attitude of a great hummus.
2 15-ounce cans of unsalted black beans, drained
1 roasted red pepper (from a jar)
1 large clove of garlic (or 2 small)
2 Tablespoons chopped ginger
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus more if needed)
Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley (plus more for garnish, if you wish)
3/4 teaspoons of cumin
1/2 teaspoons black pepper
Coarse salt to taste
1. Put all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend thoroughly (a blender is not recommended). If the mixture does not seem smooth enough, drizzle more olive oil (a little at a time) into the mixture with the food processor running.
2. Turn off the food processor and taste. Add a bit of salt if needed to balance the flavors, and blend again. When it tastes so good you just want to keep eating it, you're done.
3. Your Black Bean "Hummus" is ready! Sprinkle a little extra chopped parsley or cilantro on top for a beautiful presentation.
Serve with pita bread, crackers, veggies, or spread on a sandwich.