Hummus isn't the only bean-based dip that's easy to make at home -- this red-lentil based spread is a vegetarian version of kibbe, a Lebanese dish that takes many forms, but always involves bulgur wheat and a mix of delicious spices.
Kibbe is often made with ground lamb or beef, but this recipe uses red lentils for the bulk of the mix, with bulgur wheat for flavor and texture, and a mix of warm, spicy, and savory Vanns Spices to make up a dip that is both addictively delicious and healthy. Serve it with pita bread or crackers for an appetizer, or with romaine lettuce leaves for a light, healthy main dish.
Serves 6-8 as an appetizer. Adapted from Vegan Eats World.
A fairly simple set of ingredients combines with a blend of Vanns spices to create a complex and hearty dish that your guests might not even realize is vegetarian. A perfectly poached egg on top means this dish can be enjoyed from breakfast to dinner.
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