We are in full Spring in Texas! Which really means… lots of sunshine, blooming flowers, and a couple of windy weekends. This weather calls for some cool appetizers. We’ve gathered a few recipes that require one nifty kitchen tool to blend ‘em all together!
Have you ever used a hand blender? Also known as an immersion blender, this tool can stand in for bulky countertop blenders when you’re needing a quick blend! Another plus… it is so much easier to clean. Here are a couple of hand blender options worth looking into!
- KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender
- Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender
- Hamilton Beach Variable Speed Hand Blender With Turbo Boost Power
Now let’s put it to work!
For starters… How about a quick Salsa Verde?
- 10 tomatillos de-husked and quartered
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and sliced in half
- 2 garlic cloves unpeeled
- 1 poblano chile seeded and sliced in half
- 1/3 fresh cilantro stems removed
- 2 tbsp lime juice approx. 1 lime
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Preheat broiler to high and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Place the tomatillos, jalapeño, poblano, and unpeeled garlic cloves on the baking sheet and place into the oven to broil for 5-10 minutes, or until nicely charred.
- Transfer everything to a blender, along with fresh cilantro leaves, lime juice, and sea salt.
- Blend with a hand blender until smooth.
Nothing says Spring like a Homemade Hummus!
- 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice approx. 1 large lemon
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp tamari or low sodium soy sauce
- 3-4 tablespoons water as needed
- paprika for garnish
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds for topping
- In a deep bowl, add the drained chickpeas or garbanzo beans, freshly squeezed lemon juice, tahini, a small clove of garlic, olive oil, ground cumin, sea salt, and tamari.
- Blend together until smooth. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water as needed to help form consistency.
- To make the toasted sesame seeds, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Toss for 4-6 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
- Serve the hummus with a drizzle of olive oil on top, the toasted sesame seeds and sprinkle of paprika.
Comment below if you’d like to see more seasonal recipes!