Monday, September 5, 2011

Appetizers

Yesterday some of Clint's family came over for an afternoon visit, and I made some tasty snacks to share. (I don't think anyone else liked them quite as much as me, but that's not all that unusual for the food I make!)

First I made flax crackers. Did you know that flax is the richest plant source of omega-3? So these are super good for you, really cheap to make, and don't contain all those mystery ingredients of prepared crackers. What's not to love?

In a food processor combine 1 3/4c ground flax seeds, 1c chopped celery, 1 1/2c water, and 2T dried oregano.
Spread onto lined dehydrator tray and sprinkle with salt. Dehydrate six hours or so at about 105. Flip onto mesh screen, score, and dehydrate another six to eight hours, till crispy.
Break along score lines and use to dip in . . .

this yummy Swiss chard artichoke dip. It's a great substitute for the popular sour cream laden spinach dip, but just as delicious!

Then I made my famous hummus. And when I say famous, I'm not kidding. People used to buy it from me in Savannah. I don't really want to sell it anymore though, so I'm going to share my secret recipe with you all. (I've found that the key to this recipe is the lemons. Use fresh, juicy lemons for the best flavor.)

Lizzie's Famous Hummus
Combine the following in a food processor, and adjust the seasonings to taste:
2c garbanzos (not canned - gross!)
1/4c tahini
4T EVOO
1 clove garlic
Juice of 2 lemons
1t cumin
1/2 t salt

Clint's mom brought stuff for homemade ice cream, and his grandmother brought a delicious pecan pie. So much for the healthy snacking I was going for, but it sure was tasty!

3 comments:

Maggard said...

YUM. Your crackers sound awesome. So does that dip!!

Becca said...

ooh boy, yummy recipes!

can you make the flax crackers on low heat in the oven?

Lizzie said...

Becca, I do think you could make them successfully in the oven! I've never tried it, so I have no specific advice for you, but please let me know how yours turn out if you decide to try it!