… Hummus with a German Flair!
Who wants to celebrate Octoberfest? I do, I do! So let’s get this German fair going. Octoberfest dates back to its inception in Munich, Germany in 1810. It is an annual festival, and an important part of Bavarian culture, lasting sixteen days, beginning in the latter part of September and continuing through the first weekend in October. Octoberfest is a celebration of beer! Thank goodness gluten-free beer has been created, right?
What goes great with beer during Octoberfest? Pretzels! … and hummus … German-style hummus, of course. Our Octoberfest Hummus gets its German theme from horseradish mustard. A zesty, spicy kick in this recipe, to be sure, but not overbearing. The mustard and olive oil add a creaminess to this particular hummus, beyond what some other hummus recipes offer. Beer, pretzels, mustard, oh yeah! A perfect combination. (Sidebar: My gluten-going husband says this recipe is very reminiscent of deviled ham from his childhood days. I had a similar flavor recall from when I was growing up, but mine was of deviled eggs. If you are looking for a delicious vegan or vegetarian recipe for either of these two flavors, Octoberfest Hummus can play chameleon and become something entirely different for you! We think its got a great flavor and texture regardless of what you call it.)
Now, back to Octoberfest celebrations …
I suggest doing your Octoberfest party up right by purchasing a variety of gluten free beer, if you have choices in your area, and setting up beer flights. Sorry, I’m not saying that we get to fly to the real Octoberfest drinking beer all the way there. Flights, for those not familiar with them, are a set of 5 or 6 beer samplings. It’s fun to taste the samplings from light to dark. Great activity for a gathering of folks, using regular beer for the gluten gluttons.
So, gather your beer-drinking friends and family, set up your flights, and offer up some delicious gluten-free munchies of pretzels and Octoberfest Hummus. Let the festivities begin! And don’t forget to holler, “Prost” as you raise your glass in toast.
No cooking required!
Makes 2-4 servings
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans or chick peas
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons gluten-free horseradish mustard – I especially like the flavor and texture of Silver Springs Horseradish Mustard
Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Serve.
Some gluten-free pretzel choices:
- Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels Straight or Twisted (see our review)
- Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks
Gluten-free beer labels:
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