Hummus…and a Giveaway!

Hummus
Hummus

If you’re at all familiar with the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you must remember the “Mooscaca” scene! You can watch it here (@ 3:00 is the scene I’m talking about). That was my childhood! Being Armenian with a family from Egypt, my Mother didn’t know anything about Wonderbread. Or any sliced bread, for that matter. All of our sandwiches were on pita bread. And many times, there was hummus in that pita. This was over forty thirty years ago (hey, stop trying to do the math!). No one in suburban New Jersey was eating pita bread or hummus for lunch. Except for me. I would beg my Mom to just buy Wonderbread. “Pleeeeeeaaaase can I just take a peanut butter and jelly on Wonderbread!” She’d reply “Hokees (sweetheart in Armenian), why would you want to eat that when this is so good?” Sigh. I’d cringe as I looked into my lunchbox. I can remember trying to find a way to eat the sandwich without taking it completely out in plain sight. I will say, no one teased me about it. They did ask me what the heck I was eating and that alone was all I needed to develop a full blown complex. One day, my friend Sandy must have felt sorry for me. She offered to trade sandwiches. That meant the world to me. Sandy’s family owned an Italian deli and she always had the most beautiful sandwiches. I don’t remember anything beyond that moment, just that she made me feel like less of a freak!

So, it’s not like I think I have any claim to hummus, but do I feel like it’s mine. I’m kidddddding! A little. It’s just that this is the type of food that was a staple in our home and back then, I felt like an oddball eating it! Now, it’s everywhere. Hummus is so popular that some tobacco farmers are switching to farming chickpeas instead of tobacco! So, I kind of feel like, well, my hummus is pretty darn good. Who knew that some of my most major hangups over food would pay off someday?

One of the wonderful things that has come to me because of my crazy relationship with food is this blog. Over the past few months, I’ve seen it grow and I’ve been hearing really sweet things from my awesome readers. You’ve all been so kind and supportive, I’d like to give a little something to you! Enter to win a $25 gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond courtesy of Taste Love & Nourish. I know I can always find a little something every time I go there! I love that store! Enter below! Good luck and thank you!

Hummus

Hummus

1 29 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1/3 C. tahini
juice of one lemon
zest of 1/2 lemon
up to 1/3 C. water (start with less and add a bit more if you need to thin it out)
2 T. extra virgin olive oil + more for drizzling on top
3/4 t. salt
a bit of black pepper
1/4 t. cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes
toasted or grilled pita bread or assorted veggies for serving

Combine the ingredients up to the garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl and drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with some crushed red pepper flakes.

Notes:

  • I don’t add a lot of olive oil while processing. I feel like the flavor of the oil gets lost. I like to use the best quality extra virgin olive oil I can and use it more as a garnish. That way you really taste the fruity flavor on your tongue.
  • I don’t use a ton of fresh garlic in this for a reason. I think raw garlic can be overwhelming. If I roast garlic beforehand, I add a lot more than the one clove. Roasted garlic is mellow, sweet and delicious. To roast a head of garlic, cut a bit of the top off to expose the cloves, place the garlic in a bit of aluminum foil, drizzle with a tiny, tiny bit of olive oil and roast in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the garlic. To test, just give it a light squeeze. If it’s softened, it’s done!
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33 thoughts on “Hummus…and a Giveaway!

  1. Jessica

    I cannot believe I JUST found this recipe. You see soooo many people’s versions of recipes you want to try but they all taste different. I have been looking for a Hummus recipe that was originated from an Armenian because my husband is an Armenian-Cypriot and he absolutely LOVES his native food. I have tried several recipes from his mom and sisters but Hummus is not one that they provided.

    I can’t wait to try this and look forward to more Armenian treasures. :)

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    1. Caroline

      Jessica, what a sweet message! I hope that you and your hubby like this version! I can’t promise that it’s authentically Armenian…but, it’s based on the way my Mom always made it. I’d love to hear what you think of it! Kudos to you for cooking Armenian food for your husband! He’s a lucky guy!

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  2. Rebecca

    I just discovered your blog on food gawker, so I’m not really familiar with it yet. I gave it a look see, and being gluten-intolerent and on a low-carb diet (Paleo, actually), it narrowed down the list quite a bit. HOWEVER, the blueberry cobbler smoothie looks INCREDIBLE and I plan on trying it the next time I have frozen blueberries! I’ll substitute almond meal for the flaxseed and it’ll be 100% diet friendly. Lovely blog, and thanks for the contest!

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    1. Caroline

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Rebecca! I have recently noticed a greater need for Paleo recipes and would like to put more of them up in the near future. I’m glad you like that Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie! That one actually was featured on a Paleo site not too long ago. I LOVE your idea of adding almond meal instead of flax. That would really taste delicious! I will definitely keep the Paleo diet in mind when developing recipes and will try to include alternatives for recipes that may not be completely Paleo. Glad you entered the contest and best of luck to you!

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  3. Ilan

    I sure wish I had hummus and pita lunches growing up! This looks great — maybe I should start packing it with me for lunch now :)

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  4. Ella

    Oh, humus is so good. I made some a couple of days ago and it was lovely. And I bet so was yours. Great pics by the way.
    Hugs from Sweden
    Ella

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  5. Renee

    Oh, if only my mother would have packed hummus sandwiches in my lunch as a kid! I was that oddball that detested peanut butter and chocolate milk, so most days it was cheese and ketchup sandwiches. (I cringe at the thought today).

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    1. Caroline

      Renee, you just gave me the best laugh! I love it! Please tell me you’ve outgrown your aversion to peanut butter and chocolate milk! ;) Thanks for sharing your funny story! I love it!

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  6. Danielle

    I’ve never actually tried hummus, always thought of it as a “Andrew Zimmern” sort of thing, but all it is is chickpeas! Thanks for the recipe, I’m definitely gonna try some out.

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    1. Caroline

      Danielle, you’ve got me laughing so hard! I’m so glad you found that hummus is harmless! :) I’d love to hear back how you liked it! Thank you so much for entering and best of luck to you!

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  7. Karista @Karista'sKitchen

    You had me laughing all the way through your post! I can somewhat identify. I grew up on a small farm and my Mom insisted we have our sandwiches on whole wheat bread. So our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were on whole wheat. Ick! I too asked my Mom to buy white bread for our peanut butter sandwiches to which she replied, “never!” LOL! I love hummus and your recipe sounds delish. Thanks for sharing and Happy Weekend :)

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    1. Caroline

      Karista, and here we are after all of these years, carrying our scars of childhood and blogging about them! ;) I’m so glad it gave you a laugh and that you like the hummus! Happy Weekend to you too!

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  8. Christina

    I’ve never thought about putting lemon zest in my hummus. I’ll be making this on the weekend- it looks delicious!

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    1. Caroline

      I’m so glad you’ll be making this Christina! Let me know how you like it! I didn’t always add the lemon zest, but once I did, I loved it! It just really enhances the fresh lemony taste. It’s so nice against the richness of the other ingredients. Thank you for entering and best of luck!

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  9. Carolsue

    The Shrimp and Feta Risotto sounds so good! I have been looking for a good shrimp recipe and have not found anything even similar to this one! I plan to make it soon! Thanks.

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    1. Caroline

      Thanks so much Carolsue! I hope you do give that risotto a try! It’s one of my favorites! :) Thanks so much for entering and best of luck!

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