Monday, May 4, 2015

Horseradish Hummus and Sea Salt and Fennel Cracker for SRC

 Doncha just hate it when you can't make up your mind just which recipe to make?

I'm a member of the Secret Recipe Club  and each month we are assigned a blog to pick a recipe from and make it and then blog about it.  

I had that problem this month.

It was time for my monthly Secret Recipe Club reveal and my assigned blog was  Things I made Today

Vicki has all kinds of good stuff going on, and her blog is beautiful as well.   Really gorgeous pictures, mouthwatering in fact, but...
Rather than go through the whole blog to find a recipe, I was brought up short here.
Horseradish Hummus.
I love Hummus, and in fact since I learned how to make your basic, everyday, hummus, I've gotten bold and pushed the envelope and made a bunch of different flavour profiles.

Just had never thought of Horseradish Hummus.   I love horseradish anyway, but there was nary a root to be found in our area and I'm sure if I asked our local grocery store, they'd just look at me and shrug.

If we were still living at our old place, I could have just run outside and picked or rather, dug some up.
But I had to try this, so I used some horseradish I had in the fridge for flavour.   And after I tasted it, I really didn't want to share.
But I did.
And I wanted something to go with it, so I tried these out.  Sea Salt and Fennel Crackers. 
I've been hooked on home made crackers since I tried making some seeded crackers a couple of months ago, and these are just as good.
Did you know Fennel is great for your digestion as well. 
Just thought I would throw that in for free.   I did find that the salt was a little too much for me, as I rarely use salt, but I wondered how some chia, sesame and flax seeds would work with the crackers.

And since I still had a lot of seeds in the pantry I added some of those to the tops as well, just not as successfully. sigh.  But they still tasted good.  And since the one pan I added the seeds to the top didn't work out well, I just mixed some chia, sesame and flax seeds into the rest of the dough and baked them all together.

First up:   
Sea Salt and Fennel Crackers  
Bake at 425 degrees for 10-14 minutes

3 cups flour, I used what I had which was white flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sea salt, plus extra for topping - I used Redmond's natural Sea Salt
1 tablespoon butter chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water (may not need all the water) plus a little to brush the top of the crackers with
Fennel Seeds for topping  (I used my mortar and pestle to break them up a little and get that fennel flavour going.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Sift the flour, salt and sugar together.    Add the oil, butter and water slowly into the bowl of the mixer and mix together thoroughly.  (I didn't use all the water)  until a thick sticky dough forms.   Set aside to rest for a few minutes while you get out the fennel and sea salt for topping the crackers.
Divide the dough into three or four, and roll out each piece thinly.
Brush top with a little water and sprinkle the sea salt and fennel on top.

Cut into squares and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.   Place in oven for 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned.   Take out and cool.   Place into an air tight container and keep for up to 14 days.  If they get a little soft, you can freshen them by placing them back into a hot oven for a few minutes to re-crisp them.

Horseradish Hummus.
1 can (15 oz.) Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons Tahini
1/2  teaspoon Baklouti Green Chile Fused Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Lime Juice
3 tablespoons Koroneiki Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Horseradish Sauce (Hot horseradish sauce)
+ Za'atar, Pine Nuts for topping and some Koroneiki Olive Oil

* I have to say that the original recipe called for 3 garlic cloves, but I got interrupted with a phone call in the middle of processing all of the ingredients, and the garlic didn't make it into the hummus.

Process all of the above ingredients and put into a pretty bowl and add a little Za'atar, Pine Nuts and a drizzle of Olive Oil and serve with the crackers. 


Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. Oh we do love spicy things and your horseradish hummus sounds wonderful. As you already saw, we made your Sriracha deviled eggs and have already made them again as they were a huge hit. Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. So glad you liked the recipe, we kinda like spicy food. And the Horseradish Hummus was very tasty as well.

  2. I love making my own hummus, but I usually stick to the basics. I never thought of using horseradish. I really need to try making my own crackers, though. Those look yummy.

    1. I love playing around with Hummus. While I do like the basic one, it's just a great base for so many flavours, and I've actually been playing around with devoting one whole section of my blog to the various hummus variations I've been playing with. I have to say, once you've made your own crackers, you'll find it hard to buy them. I don't buy crackers anymore.

  3. Glad you enjoyed, flavored hummus is the way to go!

    1. I totally agree. And plain hummus can be transformed in so many different ways,

  4. I've made and eaten a lot of hummus in my time, but have never even heard of horseradish hummus. Can't wait to try it - what an intriguing concept!

    1. I think home made hummus is the way to go, but the idea of adding horseradish was a new one to me, and a rather tasty one at that.

  5. Who would have thought....horseradish?! I'm a lover of hummus, so this recipe is intriguing me! :)

    1. I know, right? And best of all, it tasted wonderful the second day as well. Not that there was much left.

  6. Mmm, it all sounds so flavorful. I don't think I'd be able to stop snacking with this one.

    1. It wasn't easy to stop, but since it was hummus, it was almost guilt free.


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