|Roasted red pepper hummus covered in parsley, pine nuts, |
more red pepper, sumac and olive oil.
Basic Hummus Recipe: Combine 1-- 15oz. can drained CHICKPEAS in a food processor along with at least 1 clove of GARLIC, juice of 1 LEMON, big pinch of SALT, OLIVE OIL and 2 tablespoons TAHINI. Blend until really smooth and the thickness of peanut butter. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if needed.
For the love of god do not stop here. Unless you want your guests to fall asleep, you had better add at least a few flavorful garnishes such as:
herb or lemon-infused olive oil
Fresh or dried oregano
roasted red peppers
chopped fresh parsley, chive and/or mint
Chipolte in adobo (very spicy)
ground Sumac berries
toasted and freshly ground cumin seed
plain Greek yogurt
Maldon, black Hawaiian, Himalayan pink or flaky sea salt
Ok, so now that we're clear on adding awesomeness, we also need to consider the dipping apparatuses involved with hummus. Pita chips are great, but they aren't the only ones that get to have fun. Try tossing your pita or other flatbread with some flavorful oil, any dried herbs and spices, salt and pepper before toasting in the oven or slapping on the grill. Any Crudites would also be a welcome change--think sugar snap peas, fresh baby carrots with the greens still on, jicama sticks, mini bell peppers, or endive scoops.