Jan 03, 2015

Hillbilly Hummus

Greetings fair readers! I hope you enjoyed a safe and happy holiday season. Do you have any leftover black-eyed peas from your healthy New Year’s feast? If so, or even if not, you may want to try this yummy dish. Basically, it’s hummus using black-eyed peas instead of chick peas, with the addition of some greens. My honey had a fabulous idea to make it a true hillbilly dish, and that is to substitute the garlic with ramps! Have you ever had them? See my post on Roasted Ramps for an in depth view of ramps. 

Also known as spring onions, ramps have a garlicky smell and oniony taste that is very unique. Strong but delicious. However, if you don’t live in the southern Appalachian mountains, it may not be too easy to find these wild delicacies. Where I live, they are very abundant on the forest floors, for those who like to forage for them (me!) and are also available at the farmers markets. Sadly, ramps only grow in the early spring. But it’s a swell idea to use them in this dish and one that I will certainly try this year!

As with any hummus, this recipe is super easy and comes together in minutes…


  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup loosely-packed, rough-chopped, lightly steamed collards or kale
  • 2 TBS tahini
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (or 2 ramps, roughly chopped)


  1. Steam the collards or kale just until bright green (5-10 minutes). Don’t overcook!
  2. Place all ingredients, except the greens, in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the greens and pulse a few times just to combine and to break them into smaller pieces.
Serves 4. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

4 responses to “Hillbilly Hummus”

  1. Hot diggity ding dong a diddle dee doo!

    This is a winner!


  2. Helyn says:

    Hahaha! You funny girl.

  3. Wendy says:

    LOL Ramps! Now THERE is a memory! Helton, do you know, as children in the late 50's and early 60's, if we ate RAW ramps *delicious*, they would send us home from school! Oh my gosh! The smell of your breath was absolutely RANK! And if it was a warm Spring day, if we'd break out in a sweat while playing, that horrific smell even oozed from your pores! But oh wow, were they good to eat. We enjoyed them in scrambled eggs, fried potatoes etc. Ahh, a West Virginia memory!

  4. Helyn says:

    haha! Yup, if you're gonna eat them raw you better make sure everyone else around you does too! :))

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