Today`s dish for the French Fridays with Dorie group is “Hummus”, a very popular Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip or spread.
This is one easy recipe that requires only seven ingredients, namely, drained chickpeas, some garlic, tahini (a paste made from ground sesame seeds that is served as a dip or as a component of hummus, halva or baba ganoush), freshly squeezed lemon juice, ground cumin, some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. The few ingredients all get whirred in the food processor until they reach a creamy consistency that can easily be scooped up with vegetables or bread – I chose to bake some whole wheat pita chips with French sea salt, butter and chives and serve them as "vehicles" to scoop up and enjoy the dip.
Before serving, I placed the Hummus in the fridge for a few hours, tasted again for salt and pepper and added some more freshly squeezed lemon juice. I had the feeling that the taste of the dip improved after a few hours. I garnished the Hummus with some whole chickpeas, a sprinkling of fresh chives and a drizzle of real good quality light olive oil. This was the first time I ever made Hummus and it was well received, although the majority of the younger taste testers preferred munching on the pita chips sans Hummus.
To see how the other Doristas prepared the “Hummus”, please click here.