Last March I had a wonderful trip to Israel and spent a beautifully delicious day in Nazareth. Among our zillion stops in that fascinating city was one at a Halva factory where I picked up a container of black sesame paste. I admit back then I had the intention of using it to create a Halloween party food recipe.
This dip, a loose riff on hummus, is spicy and delicious and, most importantly simple to whip together. Fragrant black sesame paste is blended together with black beans, garlic, and lemon juice. I added some cayenne pepper for a flavor sting.
The dip by itself takes a total of 10 minutes to throw together. The chips, obviously a bit longer. To save time and energy, use store-bought chips but don't skip the dip.
Black Sesame Bean Dip with
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 6Ingredients:
- 1 can black beans
- 1/4 cup black sesame paste
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced (to keep the vampires at bay)
- 1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it
- 2-4 tablespoons water
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- pinch of sugar
- 2 large purple potatoes
- 1 large sweet potato
- Haloween cutters
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Drain and rinse the black beans.
- In a food processor puree the beans, the black sesame paste, lemon juice and minced garlic.
- Add the cayenne pepper a bit at a time until the mixture has enough heat for your preference.
- Pulse in the water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture thins out enough to dip consistency.
- Season with the Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and sugar to taste.
- Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and place in the fridge.
- Heat the oil in a deep saucepan or a skillet.
- Peel the potatoes and use a mandolin or sharp knife to cut the potatoes into thin slices.
- Use the cutters to cut out shapes in the potato slices.
- Pat excess moisture off of the potato cutouts.
- Place a layer of paper towels beside the stove
- Fry the cutouts in the oil in batches until crispy. Use a slotted spoon or spatula to transfer the chips to the paper towels to drain. Lightly salt the chips.
- Serve the bean dip with the chips.
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