Hummus – Taste of the Middle East

May 21st, 2009 / Comments 2

With friends coming to dinner, I decided to make a meal with flavors of the Middle East. Mini lamb burgers flavored with garlic, onions, olives, dried tomatoes and cumin. I had planned to top the salad with feta but at the last minute remembered the blue cheese I had at the Norwich Farmers’ Market from the cheese makers at Woodcock Farm in Weston, Vermont. The cheese was creamier than feta and just right with romaine lettuce dressed simply with olive oil, red wine vinegar, sea salt and pepper. Hummus served with warm pita bread left no doubt that this meal was inspired by food of the Levant.

Although generally served as an appetizer, hummus is great combined with salads and lamb so I serve it with dinner.

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Ancient ingredients, chickpeas, sesame seeds and olive oil, combined to create this easy, healthy spread. When combined with bread, pita is my favorite, it serves as a complete protein.

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Hummus is readily available in the refrigerator case at the market but when made at home it is absolutely fresh, preservative free, has a minimum number of ingredients, and you can adjust the intensity of the garlic, the amount of olive oil calories, and, how much acid, in the form of lemon or lime juice, is used to round the flavor.


Drain one can of chickpeas and reserve the liquid. In a food processor, chop one small garlic clove, add chickpeas and process until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the reserved liquid until the mixture is smooth, I use about five tablespoons. Add two tablespoons tahini and three tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice. When completely combined put the hummus into a shallow bowl, top with extra virgin olive oil and serve as an appetizer or with the main course.

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The varieties of hummus at the market – I’ve seen roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, smoked paprika, and pesto hummus – are inspiration for modifying basic hummus.

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Hummus List

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 T tahini
  • 3 T  lemon or lime juice
  • olive oil
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• 2 Responses to “Hummus – Taste of the Middle East”

  • Carol Egbert says:

    Let me know how it goes. I’m planning to post my lamb burger recipe later this week. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


  • curiousdomestic says:

    I really like the lamb burger idea, and the boot-shaped shot glass is cool. The flavour combinations sound like they make an excellent meal. I’m willing to give homemade hummus a shot!

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