Hummus Two Ways with Homemade Pita Chips

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Dear Limburger Cheese,

What is it like to be the smelly kid in class?  To stink more than that guy in spin class who’s already drenched his shirt before the music starts?  To reak more than a middle-school locker room after 45 minutes of dodgeball?  Does it hurt that your odor is more offensive than naming a child after a dictator?

Oh, Onion,

What is it like to make everyone cry more dependably than watching Field of Dreams and Toy Story 3 back-to-back?  To make your fans weep more than those of Justin Bieber’s ?  Do you have any remorse for your victims?

My Dearest Cheesecake,

What is it like to fill others with satisfaction and guilt simultaneously?  To force your fans to smile more gleefully than watching babies get tickled, whilst laying a guilt trip that a stereotypical Jewish mother would envy?  How do you live with your delicious self?

Love,

Your sometimes smelly/weepy/delighted/guilt-ridden devoted fan Jenni


And with that, two types of hummus AND homemade pita chips.  Lots of (easy) goodies in this post!  If you have a food processor, hummus is insanely easy.  bonus, it’s not only delicious and versatile, but it’s healthy (high in protein and good fats).  The key to smooth hummus is the order of your ingredients, as I have outlined below.  Enjoy! 🙂


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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inspired by  http://www.inspiredtaste.net

Materials:

  • Food processor
  • A measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rubber spatula

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice about 1 large lemon
  • two cloves (1 T) of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1-2 tsp black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. In your food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice.  Blend for 2 minutes, pausing half way through to scrape down the sides.  IMG_1993
  2. Add your garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper to your mixture, and blend for another minute.  Scrape down sides.
  3. Add your drained chick peas, salt, and pepper to your mixture.  Mix well for about 2 minutes.  Scrape down. 
  4.  Chop roasted red peppers into 1-2 inch pieces, and add to the food processor.    Blend for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and consistent color.
  5. Use your spatula to fold your hummus into a serving bowl.  Lightly drizzle olive oil over the top. 
  6. Enjoy with pita or fresh veggies!

 

Uber-Garlicky Hummus

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • Food processor
  • A measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rubber spatula

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice about 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
  • five cloves (2 ½ T) of garlic, minced
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Pinch onion powder (optiona)
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed, with liquid preserved *
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1-2 tsp black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. In your food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice.  Blend for 2 minutes, pausing half way through to scrape down the sides.  
  2. Add your olive oil, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper to your mixture, and blend for another minute.  Scrape down sides.
  3. Add your drained chick peas, salt, and pepper to your mixture.  Mix well for about 2 minutes.  Scrape down. IMG_1992

*NOTE:  Use your reserved liquid if your hummus seems too dry or too thick.  Add in small amounts (about a tablespoon at a time) and blend well, until desired texture

  1. Use your spatula to fold your hummus into a serving bowl.  Lightly drizzle olive oil over the top. 
  2. Enjoy with pita or fresh veggies!


 

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Homemade Pita Chips

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • Baking sheet
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Ingredients:

  • 4 pitas
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet.
  3. Cut pita into sixths or eighths, depending on preference.  Spread out pieces on cookie sheet.
  4. Liberally (not lightly, this is key!) oil both sides of each piece.  Lightly sprinkle with sea salt.IMG_1989
  5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until just brown.  IMG_2017
  6. Allow to cool.  Enjoy!

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