Thursday, July 24, 2008

Purists Will Hate It

There is nothing easier to make, more nutritious and filling, or comforting and tastier than hummus. I dislike the taste of tahini, however, so I substitute mild nuts such as walnuts or pecans. The result is a creamier-tasting, slightly sweet hummus that doesn't overwhelm the palate. Here is my way of making it:

about 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1 can chick peas, drained
about 1/3 cup really good olive oil, more if you want a smoother spread
4-6 cloves garlic, plus a drizzle of olive oil over them
+/- 1 tbsp cumin powder
+/- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2-4 teaspoons LIME juice (not lemon), depending on how tart you like it
salt & pepper to taste

First, peel and roughly chop the garlic. Place in a ramekin or other small, oven-safe vessel, drizzle with olive oil, and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. You can also put them in the toaster oven on broil, covered, for about 25 minutes.

While garlic is roasting, grind nuts in food processor with a bit of the olive oil to form a grainy paste. Add cumin, cayenne, and lime juice. Add chick peas. When garlic is done roasting, throw that in too. Process while slowly pouring in the olive oil until you have the consistency you like. Add salt and pepper as you see fit. Serve with pita, toasted bagel chips, or make into a sandwich with cucumber, tomato, feta, and grilled chicken. Delish!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Oooh! I'm totally making this tonight! I never seem to have tahini on hand, but I always have nuts for my granola-making.