Smoky Little Devils

This is a delicious recipe for plant-based hor d’oeuvres that would be a delightful addition to any get-together. The recipe was conceived by Ann Crile Esselstyn and her daughter Jane, both energetic advocates for the plant-based, whole-food way of life. Ann is the wife of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. who served as President of Staff at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and wrote the ground-breaking book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure.” In his medical practice he successfully treated hundreds of patients severely affected by cardiovascular disease using the whole-food plant-based diet.

These can be served hot or cold

1 – 15ounce can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained & rinsed
2 large cloves garlic
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1.5 tbsp spicy brown mustard
(or substitute with honey mustard plus 1 tsp mustard powder)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp ground turmeric
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup chopped green onions (4 or 5)

In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, mustards, turmeric, salt and pepper plus 2 tbsp water and process until uniformly smooth, adding more water if necessary. Add the balls removed from the potatoes. Process again. Place in a small bowl and add to this all but 3 tbsp of the chopped green onions. Dollop onto potatoes immediately or store in airtight container until ready to use.

12 to 15 small red potatoes (about the size of large walnuts or small clementines)
Pinch of smoked paprika
The remaining chopped green onions

Set steamer insert into a saucepan over a couple of inches of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Place potatoes in steamer and steam for about 30 minutes or until very soft when poked with a fork. Plunge into cold water to cool.
Slice each potato in half. Scoop out a hole in the center using a small melon baller or spoon. Fill each hole with hummus. Sprinkle with smoked paprika. Garnish with green onions.

For a cold dish: Refrigerate and serve as is
For a hot dish: Place on a baking sheet and heat under a broiler for a few minutes


1 Esselstyn, C.B. Jr,. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. Penguin, 2007 ISBN 978-1-101-21583-8

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