Would you like to try an Italian version of hummus? Admittedly, chickpea puree with wilted greens is not known as hummus. But I cannot help but think of hummus when I enjoy this dish. The Italian version of hummus is free of tahini and Middle Eastern spices. On the other hand, Italian chickpea puree is thoroughly infused with spectacular herbs – rosemary and sage. Add a generous drizzle of your favorite olive oil to this dish, and you are in paradise.
In texture, the puree is much fluffier and less fatty than hummus. In our version, fluffiness comes from the baked Japanese sweet potato. (The traditional recipe uses a regular baked potato.) The wilted sharp greens (traditionally, dandelion greens, which we substitute with less sharp broccoli rabe) add a new dimension to the mild, cozy flavors of the dish. In addition to wilted greens, this dish pairs well with mild seafood, such as calamari, white fish, and shrimp … and a glass of white wine.
Heart Healthy • Vegan • Low Glycemic • Gluten-free • Dairy-free • Nutrient-dense • Delicious • Easy