Hummus & Pita Chips

This is a reposting from my previous blog. Superbowl is around the corner and this makes a great entry into the potluck wars.

Holidays are here and you're off visiting. Don't want to show up empty handed now do you? Let's make a nice impression with the in-laws with some potato chips and a rack of cold domestic. Or we can make a quick batch of hummus and crispy pita chips. I vote for the hummus but I'll still leave the recipe for chips and beer. Oh! I just did.

Hummus

Yield about 2 cups

Tools Food processor and microplaner for the lemon zest, measuring cups and spoons

  • 1 15 oz. can of garbanzos beans, rinsed
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste adjust to your taste
  • 1/2 cup of good olive oil
  • 8 good shakes of cumin
  • 1/2 cup really hot water
  • 1/2 t sea salt (ask for some good sea salt from Santa)

In the food processor add the garlic and pulse, add the beans and everything but the oil and water. With the processor running add the olive oil first then add the water. The water will really loosen up the hummus. It will sound different in the food processor. Taste, adjust to your liking.

The hummus will thicken up in the fridge after a few days. Add boiling water a teaspoon at a time and return to original consistency.

Holy Variation Batman!

Roast Red Pepper Hummus Same as above plus add a couple of canned roasted pepper in with the bean mixture. Drain peppers and dry off with a paper towel. If using diced or sliced peppers use about 1/2 a cup and drain well.

Spinach Hummus Same as regular hummus plus a box of frozen, drained and squeezed. You may need to adjust the water depending on how dry you get the spinach.

Chocolate Hummus Same as above plus a box of. Seriously now no one wants chocolate hummus. If you do and make some send me the recipe and I'll try it.

Pita Chipscheap about $2.75

Baking Oven

sheet pan

pastry brush or fingers

1 package pita cut like a pizza

1 T olive oil

1 T butter

salt

Layer pita on sheet pan in a single layer. Brush with olive oil mixture and sprinkle with salt. Bake in oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.