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Football season is here! In celebration, I’ve joined a group of bloggers from all over the country — all of whom are big football fans! — to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. Last month we shared our favorite tailgating recipes (I made Sea Bass Skewers and a cocktail), and now we are sharing more than 60 recipes ideas for celebrating on game day. Click on the links below to join in the fun! Here we go...

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Chocolate Blackberry Cheesecake Parfait by Mom's Messy Miracles
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Reuben Sliders with Homemade Russian Dressing by A Dish of Daily Life
Big Blue Cheese Steak Stromboli by Simple and Savory
Spinach & Artichoke Bites by Lauren's Kitchen
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Beluga Lentil Hummus by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
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Beluga Lentil Hummus

When I asked my crew what they would want to nosh on while they watched, they decided on hummus. Since my little one is sensitive to garbanzo beans and I needed the recipe to be a bit more team-themed - think black and silver here! - I opted to make a black lentil hummus. Feel free to use any other lentil or bean in its place.


Ingredients
  • 1/2 C black/beluga lentils, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 large organic onion, peeled and sliced into quarters
  • 1 T olive oil + more for serving
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 C tahini paste
  • 2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 C water + more if needed
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • dash of ground cayenne
  • chips for serving (we used black bean chips)

Procedure
Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.

Place soaked and drained lentil in a small pan with a lid. Cover them with about 2" of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until tender, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

In the meantime, roll your quartered onions in olive oil and place them on the baking sheet. Roast until the onion is softened and the edges beginning to caramelize, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

Place the cooked lentil, caramelized onions, tahini paste, and lemon juice in a blender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 1/8 C water. Blend a bit. Add 1/8 C water. Blend more. If you've reached your desired texture, stir in paprika, cumin, and cayenne.  If it's still too thick, add water 1 T at a time until you are happy with the texture. Spoon hummus into serving dish and refrigerate until game time.

Serve with crackers, vegetable spears, or whatever you wish. We used black bean chips. Enjoy!

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