Before I get into this post, I feel the need to first clarify that I did not spell "cheesy" wrong in the title. I'm guessing that the majority of people reading this already knew that, but for those who might not have heard the term "cheezy" before, it's used to describe something that tastes cheesy but doesn't actually use dairy cheese. I'm not vegan and there is no way I could ever give up real cheese, but there are some dishes where cheese just doesn't really work, like in hummus. Fortunately, there is a magical little ingredient called nutritional yeast that can blend right in to not only add cheesy flavour but also lots of nutrients. Again, I'm sure a lot of you have heard of it before, but in case nutritional yeast is new to you (I had no idea what it was a couple of years ago), I described it more in this post for broiled pesto tomatoes, and I also used it in this pizza hummus to get the same cheesy flavour I was going for in this ranch version.
This hummus was inspired by Pickles & Honey's vegan cool ranch hummus I saw a while ago and loved. I don't buy Doritos anymore because I know I'd eat the whole bag in one sitting, but Cool Ranch was always one of my favourite flavours. I changed almost everything from the original recipe to make my own version, and I wouldn't say that mine is "cool ranch" flavoured, but rather combines elements of ranch dressing like fresh herbs and onion and garlic powder with nutritional yeast for a cheezy ranch hummus that makes a fantastic dip for veggies!
In other news, Spring has finally sprung in Southern Ontario and I couldn't be happier! I love seeing flowers and robins and feeling the sun on my face again. I hope those still stuck with the white stuff will see it all melt away soon!
Cheezy Ranch Hummus
Inspired by Pickles & Honey
1 (540mL or 19 fl oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3-4 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Dash Worcestershire sauce (optional, leave out to keep it vegetarian)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Add all ingredients except for the olive oil to the large bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Pour the olive oil into the feed tube of the food processor and let slowly drain into hummus as you continue to pulse. Once everything is well combined, taste and adjust any amounts to your liking. Store in the refrigerator and serve with veggies or as a sandwich spread.