So, it’s 8:00 Wednesday night (about an hour and a half away from my bedtime…yes, really), and I’m just starting this post now.
Usually I’m pretty good about planning out my posts, editing the photos, writing the narrative, crossing my Ts, dotting my Is… but something happened this week that has pretty much eliminated any chances of me being productive whatsoever.
The Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer.
It kind of totally cracks me up that I’m as excited for this show as I am. If you would have told me a year ago that I’d stay up until the wee hours of the night watching prediction videos and reading the backstories on all of the characters, I would have straight up laughed in your face. GoT just never seemed that interesting to me. I’ve always been a more Gilmore girls, Parks & Recreation, and Chuck kind of gal. Game of Thrones is so not…that.
So it makes sense that I didn’t start watching this show all on my own accord. In fact, I owe my GoT obsession to Mark. He ended up watching the entire series while I was away at training for work last summer, so when I came back, he was excited to introduce me to the ridiculously crazy, yet totally addictive, world of Westeros.
While I do love the storyline (Mark covers my eyes during all of the violent parts), I think my favorite part about GoT is the fact that it’s something that I only do with Mark. It’s our “thing.” We are the Game of Thrones couple.
It makes me smile that Mark ended up introducing me to something that I would have never, in a million years, tried out by myself. The same goes for Zelda. If it wasn’t for Mark, I would still be calling the guy in the pointy green hat “Zelda.” ?
I think it’s awesome that we have that sort of give-and-take. He introduces me new hobbies, and I, being the good little food blogger that I am, introduce him to new foods. The first night I whipped up my “famous” Thai Peanut Sauce, Mark totally flipped his lid. It’s now a weekly dinner staple.
And, of course, after living with a health food blogger for almost a year, Mark has adjusted to hummus making an appearance at pretty much every meal.
Thus, much like the fusion of Mark’s peanut sauce-obsessed self and my hummus-addicted self, a fusion of these two flavors seemed appropriate. Nay, necessary. Thai Peanut Hummus is a complete and total necessity.
Like any hummus, our base starts with some protein-packed chickpeas! But the similarities between traditional hummus and this here Thai Peanut Hummus pretty much stop there. Hold your horses, friends. Things are about to get a little unorthodox up in hurr.
Instead of the tahini (aka. sesame seed paste) found in a typical hummus recipe, we’re using peanut butter! If I’m being completely honest with you, I constantly search for ways to throw peanut butter into pretty much anything. So peanut butter hummus was bound to happen eventually. I know it may sound a little weird, but trust me. It adds juuuust the right amount of rich savoriness to this hummus!
Add in some flava by way of Sriracha, ginger, and garlic, and some texture with peanuts, green onion, and cilantro, and friends…you’ll have a heaping bowl of your newest snack obsession on your hands!
AND…the best part? The beauty of a homemade hummus is that it’s almost as simple to make as it is to pick up at the store!
Dump-blend-devour. Ahh, simplicity is bliss.
Nay, Thai Peanut Hummus is bliss. ❤️Print
Thai Peanut Hummus
- 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2-3 Tbsp. peanut butter*
- 2+ Tbsp. Sriracha**
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 small cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup/agave for vegans!)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3-4 Tbsp. ice water
- 1 handful peanuts (salted or not), roughly chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 handful cilantro leaves, chopped
- lime zest and juice, optional
- Add chickpeas, peanut butter, Sriracha, ginger, garlic, honey/maple syrup/agave, and salt and pepper to taste into a food processor. Process until broken up. Scrape the sides with a spatula as needed.
- With the motor running, drizzle in olive oil and ice water. This will help the mixture come together and get super-smooth!
- Once the hummus is processed to your desired texture, taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
- Mix in peanuts, green onions, and cilantro with a spatula. Serve with tortilla chips and a squeeze of lime.
*I found 2 Tbsp. gave a perfect subtle “peanutty” flavor to the hummus. If you’d like a more pronounced peanut flavor, add in an extra Tbsp.
**Depending on your heat preferences, add in as much or as little Sriracha as your heart desires.
The ice water technique was taken from my girl, Jessica, @ How Sweet Eats.
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