We invited some guests over the other night, which--if I haven't mentioned--is something I love to do! I had everything put together for the main course and dessert, but needed something to serve as an appetizer. I wanted something fresh, fast and healthy so I looked in the fridge and pantry and saw the following: 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 lime and a nice round of goat cheese. Surely I could do something with these ingredients. Oh, and I had already had a small loaf of Irish Soda Bread in the oven so a spread would work perfectly.
Surprisingly this turned out great! Now, you need to remember that goat cheese a pretty strong flavor so switch it out with another soft cheese if you need.
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (I love Whole Foods salt free canned beans!)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 clove garlic
2 oz. goat cheese
Place beans and oil in food processor and process until blended. Add following ingredients and mix well. Check to make sure it's wet enough--if not, add 1/2 tsp water. Serve with bread, veggies or crackers. Works well warm too! Yum!