Saturday, July 17, 2010

chipotle hummus

Hummus is one of those things that you know is easy but have never made, right?
Why not?
The only weird ingredient (I promise!) is tahini, which is a sesame seed paste that you can get at your local grocery store.  It really adds something to the hummus so you really need it.
I mean, tahini is mentioned as an ingredient of Hummus Kasa, a recipe transcribed in an anonymous 13th century Arabic cookbook.  
If it's from the 13th century, then you know you've got to have it.

Chipotle Hummus
Makes about 2 cups.
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 chipotles in adobo
2 large garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained
6 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pita bread, to serve

In a food processor, blend all ingredients until very very smooth.  Transfer hummus to medium bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Bring to room temperature before serving. Accompany with warm pita or pita chips. Enjoy!

Alternatively, which I will probably blog about in the future, is lemon garlic hummus.  Use the same recipe, switching the chipotles, roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes, for a head of roasted garlic and another 1/4 cup of lemon juice and zest.  Delicious!!

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