Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sundried Tomato Hummus Spread

 

Hummus, one of those dishes I crave from time to time in between my sparse trips to the Middle East.


What makes hummus so addictive is its creaminess, its slight tang, the subtle hints of garlic and its sultry smokiness. Hummus not only pairs well with its classic companion, the pita bread, but also with breadsticks, pita chips, and as a spread on sandwiches and bagels. For a healthier, low-carb option, prepare some fresh celery and carrot sticks and you are set for a easy midday snack perfect for on-the-go. For me, I'd just dig in right away with a spoon.

The good news is, hummus is so simple to make at home. All you need is a food processor or blender; throw together a can of chickpeas, a couple tablespoons of tahini, several cloves of garlic (I like mine strong), salt and pepper, and some water to thin the mixture, and this delicious dip is ready in minutes. For more tang, juice half a lemon. Mix in sundried tomatoes and you will yield a beautiful, deeper hue with distinctive, savory flavors. Finish off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of cayenne pepper.

You'll never go back to store-bought hummus again. 

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