11 September, 2008

Mediterranean Platters are what's cooking!

One thing I can always find in the store here in Zürich is canned chickpeas. You know what that means? Hummus!
I have tried so many recipes for hummus, here is a basic one from Everyday Food:


2 cans drained chickpeas (reserve 1/4 cup liquid)
Place chickpeas and 1/4 cup of reserved liquid in a food processor (aka blendtec at my house)

Add :
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini (well stirred)
2 garlic cloves chopped (I just garlic press them into the blender)
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
1 1/4 t. coarse salt

Process until smooth. To store, refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

My kids think the garlic tastes "spicy" so I usually use 1 clove!
I love a basic recipe because I can add different things to it.
The picture below is Roasted bell pepper hummus. I added a couple peppers from a jar.
My husband likes the sun dried tomato hummus better. You guessed it, I added some sun dried tomatoes straight out of the jar marinating in oil.
I know it looks like pureed baby food but is is simply delicious!

What does your Mediterranean Platter look like?
Some days our table looks like this.

Other days it looks like this!
I think my family is getting sick of hummus.
It is so quick and easy - I love it!

Guten Appetit - Jenna


Tanya said...

I love hummus! I'm going to have to try some of your variations.

Tania said...

Brilliant! Aiden wants to make hummus.. now he has a recipe he can use :o)

Dolly said...

Hey- I promise I'm not stalking you :) *Your welcome to drop by my blog anytime! Cam just asked me for a cookbook...he says meat is so expensive over there. He's learning how to eat more veggies! Maybe he should try some of your recipes...Love your blog!♥