A must try is this smoked Beet Hummus!

A must try is this smoked Beet Hummus!

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I’ve got another great recipe for wood fired beets that will provide a quick way to prepare a fabulous beet hummus for guests, bring-a-dish parties, or just as a great snack for your own family.  Wood fired flavor will come from the gas grill equipped with wood chunks using a two-zone cooking method.  The outcome is a full flavor, beautiful beet hummus color to delight all who have the pleasure of partaking in this treat.  Just one good size beet will do the trick but I always do an extra to keep around.

Join me at the grill as we make ricotta and smoked beet hummus.

Beet Preparation

our beets have been washed and clean, wrapped in foil and ready for the grill

#freshbeets

It’s so simple to prepare beets for the grill to roast and smoke.  Simply trim the leaf stalks off and wash the beets well under water.  Pat dry and then wrap in aluminum foil leaving the upper portion of the foil open to allow the smoke vapor in.  That’s it!  I like to put my foil wrapped beets on a ¼ sheet pan to make it easy to add and remove from the grill.  This will be a two-zone grill set up so while I’ve been preparing the beets, I’ve preheated my grill to medium-high using only ½ the burners and added a smoker box with wood chunks to the side that will be hot.  Wait for full temperature and the wood chunks to smoke, and you’re ready to add the beets.

Tasting Notes: It is not necessary to foil wrap the beets but you will need something to put the beets on otherwise you’ll have purple beet juice all over your grill.

Two-Zone Grill Smoking

our foil wrapped beets on the grill with a smoker box added a smoke flavor

#twozonecooking

With the washed fresh beets wrapped in foil, it’s time to let them grill roast as well as smoke.  I’ve placed three hardwood chunks in a metal smoker box to add smoke vapor to the beets.  My beets are placed on the unlit side of the grill while the smoker box is on the hot side.  After about 75 minutes, these are tender and smoky.  Remove them from the grill and allow to cool until they can be handled.  Using a paper towel, begin peeling the skin from the cooked beets.  Using a paper towel will protect your hands from becoming purple from the beet juice, a common problem when working with beets.

Tasting Notes: I’ve elected to use wood chunks as I find the provide for greater smoke vapor and don’t require any additional wood to be added to the smoker box.  You certainly can use wood chips but note, you may need to replenish these during cooking.

A Bright and Flavorful Hummus

putting the smoked beets in the blender and adding ingredients brings out the flavor along with the color

#beethummus

With the beet grilled and smoked, it’s time to add the ingredients for our hummus.  Start by adding one 15-1/2 ounce can of chickpeas that have been rinsed and drained to a food processor bowl.  Then add 1/3 cup of well mixed tahini, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup ricotta, 1 garlic clove finely grated, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper, and ¼ teaspoon ground coriander to a food processor and process until smooth.  Remember, the smoked beet will add a sweet flavor so adjust seasonings after that step.

 With the other ingredients processed for the beet hummus it’s time to bring in the wood fired beet flavor.  Cut one smoked beet into 8 pieces and add to the processor bowl and process until well combined and smooth.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Transfer the hummus to a serving dish, sprinkle with fresh mint and a drizzle of olive oil.  Serve with your choice of sides – vegetables, pita wedges, won-ton chips, crostini, crackers – whatever fits your need.  This is easy to keep on hand for when you need a quick cocktail accompaniment or just want a great, healthy snack.  You’ll love the festiveness of the bright purple-pink hue which makes this a stand out dish.

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For more reading related to smoked beet hummus and other vegetables that taste delicious once smoked on the grill!

For more reading related to smoked beet hummus and other vegetables that taste delicious once smoked on the grill!

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-DEVILED EGG FEATURING WOOD-FIRED SMOKED BEETS

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Dr. Smoke- really smoked beet hummus is delicious!

Dr. Smoke- really smoked beet hummus is delicious!

Wood-fired Smoked Beets before and in the offsetting smoking position on the gas grill with single filet wood chunks!

Wood-fired Smoked Beets before and in the offsetting smoking position on the gas grill with single filet wood chunks!

DEVILED EGG FEATURING WOOD-FIRED SMOKED BEETS

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It likely is not the first pick from the root vegetable options but beets have a lot to offer.  Not only do they offer health benefits that include potentially lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and improving liver function, they are a naturally sweet item that can be added to salads, side dishes, and appetizers.

I’m going to give you a great recipe for a filled egg that is so much more flavorful and healthy than the traditional deviled egg.  Plus, I’m taking it up a notch by wood firing the beets first on the gas grill using wood chunks.  So, get to the store or farmers market and select your favorite beets.  Then fire up the grill for an easy way to up the flavor on beets.

Get Them Clean

Washing the beets to remove any ground soil.

Root vegetables have heavy skins and tend to be dirty when first picked.  It is important that you do some cleaning to them to ensure they are grill and eating ready.  First, cut off the stem end with the greens.  You can certainly reserve these for adding to salads or a smoothie.  Also, cut off the pointy end and any loose roots.  Now place them under running water and scrub them clean.  Pat them dry and place on a foil-lined, grill-safe pan.  For our recipe, you will only need two beets but I like to do extras to have for adding to other recipes or for just snacking on as is.  Remember, you’ll see 3-4 beet bulbs per bunch when you purchase them in the store.

Adding Wood Flavor

Beets on the gas grill using an offset smoking technique with SmokinLicious Single Filet Wood Chunks

Adding wood flavor using the gas grill is simple when you use smoking wood chunks versus wood chips.  First, more flavor will be released into the cooking area using chunks.  Second, there is no need to use any accessory item like a smoker box unless you are opposed to putting the wood pieces on your heat shields.  For a cooking time of about 2 hours, you’ll need roughly three single filet smoker wood chunks from SmokinLicious® or four double filet smoking wood chunks.

Heat the grill first using all burners set to medium.  Once the beets are ready to go on the grill, turn one side of the grill’s burners off.  Place the wood chunks on the lite side of the grill; I place my single filet chunks directly on my heat shield.  Place the grill safe pan with the beets on the unlit side of the grill grate and close the lid.  Let these cook for about 2 hours until a knife inserted in the center passes through easily.  Then remove from the grill and allow to cool just slightly.  Using gloves so you don’t end up with purple stained hands, remove the skin from the beets.

Wood Fired Egg Filling for the WOOD-FIRED SMOKED BEETS recipe.

To make our scrumptious and healthy egg filling here are the ingredients you will need in addition to the two wood-fired beets:

  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh parsley leaves
  • 1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup chopped prunes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • ¾ cup chopped pickled beets
  • 8 hard-boiled large eggs
  • 1 small golden beet, peeled, halved and thinly sliced

Tip: I don’t do a traditional boil to my eggs to make them hard boiled.  Instead, I add an inch of water to a pot and place the eggs in a steamer insert.  Then I place the steamer in the pot with the water, put the lid in place, and steam the eggs for exactly 14 minutes.  Then I quickly remove them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.  You’ll have perfectly hard-boiled eggs without boiling them in water!

In a food processor pulse the parsley, mayonnaise, and mustard until smooth; season with salt and pepper.  Add the chopped, wood-fired red beets, garlic, walnuts, prunes and lemon juice with the mayonnaise mixture until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in the pickled beets.  Place the mixture into a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag.

Halve the eggs lengthwise removing the yolks.  Cut a 3/4 -inch opening in the pastry bag.  Pipe filling into eggs, mounding slightly.  Top each egg with a golden beet slice, if available.

Serve these up and enjoy the healthy benefits of beets, improved with a little smoky flavor.  Just perfect for a healthy snack, quick appetizer, or as that dish to pass at your next party event. Please try our Deviled Egg Featuring Wood-Fired Smoked Beets recipe.

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Additional reading:

-SMOKED BEEF SHORT RIBS

-STEPPING UP RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

-INFUSING WOOD SMOKE INTO BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Dr Smoke this is really delicious and different than the traditional deviled egg tray!

Dr. Smoke this is really delicious and different than the traditional deviled egg tray!