Dec 31

Black-Eyed Pea & Roasted Garlic Hummus

Black-eyed peas supposedly bring luck on New Year’s.


Don’t we all want to get lucky?

This year I could use a little extra luck, so I made sure to concoct a black-eyed pea dish to share with friends at our New Year’s Eve pairing dinner.  I used traditional hummus ingredients, but replaced chickpeas with canned black-eyed peas.  What resulted was a fantastic, black-eyed pea hummus.

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Roasting garlic can be time-consuming, but there’s a short cut!  I always roast several heads at once and keep the excess in the freezer for a quick flavor add.  You can freeze it in the shells or go ahead a squeeze it out.  It’s good either way!

The roasted garlic could be replaced with a couple of cloves of raw garlic, but I love the added dimension it brings when roasted.

Roasted Garlic


With the garlic pre-roasted, this creation comes together quickly in the food processor.  Often we see peas cooked with bacon or ham of some sort, so I added smoked paprika to bring those flavors to mind.  Combined with the bright lemon, this is a flavor-packed dip for veggies or crackers.

Play with the flavors as you like here – with the roasted garlic, I could see Italian herbs working well in this one too!

Black-Eyed Pea & Roasted Garlic Hummus


If you’re going to a New Year’s Eve party, bring this along!  It’s unusual, but approachable (#strangebutgood?), and it ensures you’ll have a healthy snacking option.


Black-Eyed Pea and Roasted Garlic Hummus

Black-Eyed Pea & Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 15-ounce can salt-free black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 1 T tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 T olive  oil
  • Water (add slowly to thins as needed)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 smoked paprika (adjust to taste)
  • 1 T fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 425.  Rub off papery skins from outside of garlic and trim 1/2″ off top.  Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Wrap up in foil, place on a baking sheet, and roast until tender, 35-40 mins; let cool slightly.  (If pre-roasting the garlic, stop here and store in freezer or fridge.)

Squeeze garlic cloves into a food processor.  Add black-eyed peas, tahini, and lemon juice.  Pulse until a coarse purée forms.  With motor running, drizzle in oil and then water as needed.

Add seasonings, tasting to adjust to your preference.  Allow processor to run 2-3 mins to achieve a smooth, creamy hummus.

Transfer purée to a medium bowl.  Finish with parsley, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil when ready to serve.

Note: Hummus can be stored in the fridge for 4-5 days.


I can’t wait to bring in the new year with friends!  I’m not a big resolution person, but I’m looking forward to continuing to work on my goals in 2014.

What is your favorite hummus flavor?

How you getting lucky bringing luck for the new year?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I don’t know about strange, but this hummus sounds really really good. Great idea, I am pinning for later. I love any hummus that has garlic (and lots of lemon).

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Let me know if you try it out. I actually made all vegan food this NYE… :)

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I’m up all night to get LUCKY!!

    Black eyed peas are my NEW YEARS DAY STAPLE FOOD – without them, you can be SURE I won’t get **lucky** in 2014 ;) Imma eat 2 cups worth! LOL!

    1. Laura

      Damn… I probably should just start eating them nightly.

  3. Mitchell

    No chickpeas?! It’s okay, I’ll live :P

    I’ve never tried black-eyed peas, let alone as a substitute for chickpeas. This recipe looks just a creamy though, so I think I may be stumbling on to a new potential food crush? ;)

    My favourite flavour is plain. Just plain, simple hummus. I think it is one of those things that is perfect the first time :) Don’t get me wrong, there are a million great flavours to try (Green peas? Yes, please) but I can’t pass up the original :) It pairs with everything I want!

    The best all-round dip I’ve ever had was sweet potato and cashew. *DIES*

    1. Laura

      Never tried them?! They’re pretty good. If you like beans, you’ll love ‘em. :)

      Sweet potato cashew sounds incredible!!!

  4. Ericka @ The Sweet Life

    What a great idea for hummus! I”m obsessed with it and can eat like a family size container my myself in a day! Sooo good!

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I’ve never had black eyed peas. Strange but true. Think I might need to make this just to try them AND for good luck! Happy New Year Laura! Wishing you all the best for 2014.

    1. Amanda @runtothefinish

      I haven’t had them either!! But I am willing to be brave in 2014 and try, ha!

      1. AmyC

        Me too! :)

        1. Laura

          I am astounded at how many people haven’t! Maybe it’s a Southern thing?

  6. Amanda @runtothefinish

    I use so much hummus it’s probably not natural this is a GREAT way to mix up what I”m eating. I just bought some beet hummus too, hmmm. I have pinned this to make next week after my travels, thanks for another tasty and easy enough for me idea, ha!!

    1. Laura

      I just saw someone make beet hummus! It’s on my list.

  7. AmyC

    I love chips & dips. This looks and sounds really good. Have a great time and Happy New Year!

  8. Lee

    Looks delicious. I love all hummus but I think my favorite flavor is just regular/traditional.

    1. Laura

      Have you been to Cafe Agora? Best plain hummus ever!

  9. Debra

    I have been looking at a couple of different recipes for black eyed pea hummus to make for tonight. Love your roasted garlic tip. (I am hoping luck can be found in smashed black eyed peas!)

    Happy New Year!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! I hear you can actually microwave it, but haven’t tried.

  10. Pamela Hernandez

    I love our basic hummus. My husband makes the best – hands down. :)

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Just pinned – this sounds awesome. My husband is always wanted to make something with black-eyed peas on NY Day.

  12. Alex @ therunwithin

    drool. I adore black eyed peas so this sounds delicious

  13. Jody - Fit at 56

    Happy New Year Laura!!!! I am not a resolution person either but I do have things I need to accomplish in 2014… I will be working on them! :)

    1. Laura

      Happy New Year to you!!! Always important to keep hitting milestones. :)

  14. Katie

    You had me at garlic and hummus! NO resolutions but lots of goals!

  15. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    i made a similar hummus and posting on blog tomorrow. It sounds strange but comes out really good :) I love the traditional hummus though. Happy New Year

  16. Allie

    I love the idea of making black eyed peas into hummus! Genius and totally different from “usual” new years black eyed peas recipes. Also, I love your nail color in the picture with the roasted garlic!

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I never get my nails done but decided to be fancy this year. :)

  17. Banana Wonder

    Nice work here! Next time I’m in ATL can you meet me at the airport with a bowl of this? :-)

    1. Laura

      You just say when!

  18. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    YUM!! How about you come bring me some of that?? ;)

    1. Laura

      I’ll trade you for the pumpkin bowl chili! ;)

  19. Jennifer F

    roasted garlic . . .mmmmm

  20. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Did you remember I did a black eyed hummus earlier this year too – GREAT minds, my friend! :) I love that you’re making it for NYE, why didn’t I think of that!!! Have a great celebration tonight!

    1. Laura

      Totally forgot!!! I swear, you can make anything out of hummus.

  21. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Australia sucks balls I mean beans in the flavoured hummus department. We have hummus and low fat hummus. woo!

    My favourite one I tried in the US had seeds and pesto in it- Amazing. Compared to your other creations, this dip is not #strangebutgood but just good.

    1. Laura

      Beans, balls… I can’t continue my comment… LOL!

  22. Hannah

    I so wish I could have been there. Happy New Year, my lovely Food Spouse. xoxo

    1. Laura

      Maybe we should both go to Oz next year. It’s warm here. I’m cold.

  23. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I’m a big fan of getting lucky. It’s one of my favorite things to do for obvious reasons.
    I added some roasted garlic to my chili today. It does add another layer of flavor. Delicious.

    1. Laura

      Me too. This is another reason I like you. Cheers to getting lucky in 2014!

      (Also, I want that chili.)

  24. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Omg, roasted garlic is the BEST! I swear I could just eat it as is! And how AWESOME would this have been if you added some bacon grease to it in place of the olive oil?! Omg, I think I just peed my pants!

    I had some of the most delicious black eyed peas I’ve ever tasted in my entire life for New Years! My coworker’s mom made them and brought them to the hospital in a giant crock pot!

    1. Laura

      OMG – that would be amazing! What is bacon not good in, really?

  25. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    My sentiments EXACTLY!! I still need to try my bacon chocolate bar!

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