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California Pizza Kitchen Tuscan Hummus

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 3.50. Votes: 2
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Menu Description: "Our original recipe of Tuscan white beans pureed with sesame, garlic, lemon, and spices. Garnished with fresh Roma tomatoes, basil, and garlic. Served with warm pizza-pita bread."

The traditional dish of Tuscan white beans is usually made from dried cannellini beans or great Northern beans that are soaked overnight in water and then cooked until tender with olive oil, garlic and sage. But there's no need to wait through such a time-consuming process if we can simply use already tender canned beans found in any market. Look for white beans or the slightly larger great Northern beans and strain off the liquid, but don't throw that liquid away! you'll need a little of it to add to the food processor along with the other ingredients, including sesame tahini which can be found in most markets where the international foods are stocked or in specialty stores such as Whole Foods.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–2 tablespoons
Total servings–14
Calories per serving–60
Fat per serving–4.3g 

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 15-ounce can white beans or great Northern beans (strain and keep liquid)
  • 1/4 cup liquid from the can
  • 1/4 cup sesame tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed dried sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      California Pizza Kitchen
    • Instructions

      1. Dump entire contents of the can of white beans into a strainer set over a bowl. Let the beans sit for a little while so that all of the liquid drips into the bowl.

      2. Dump the beans and 1/4 cup of the liquid from the bowl into a food processor.

      3. Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor, and puree the mixture until completely smooth—about a minute or so.

      4. Spoon the hummus into a covered container and chill for at least 2 hours so that the flavors can develop. When serving, garnish the hummus with a couple tablespoons of chopped Roma tomatoes mixed with chopped fresh basil and garlic. Serve with warm, sliced pita bread, pita chips, or crackers.

      Makes 1 3/4 cups

Average rating:

Score: 3.50. Votes: 2
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Feb 7, 2011, 22:00

I thought this tasted great. Haven't tried the original, but really liked this.

Marlin Yoder
Dec 20, 2009, 22:00

I had trouble finding the sesame tahini in the grocery store, but I did find it in a health food store.

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