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God Bless a Chickpea & Home-Made Hummus March 15, 2010

Posted by Deniz Olcay in Middle Eastern.
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I had to reference one of my all time favorite TV shows “Friends” before starting this recipe. George Clooney said it best: “God Bless¬† a Chickpea”. Versatile and incredibly flavorful, there is almost no limitation to what you can do with chickpeas. Especially in Turkish cuisine, numerous dishes include chickpeas as a central ingredient. I will call a few family friends, and borrow another delicious chickpea recipe in the near future. Stay Tuned!

Meanwhile, let’s get to the recipe at hand. In recent years, I have seen an explosion of hummus brands in the USA. Known as a healthy snack, companies have not missed the opportunity to capitalize on the healthy trends that are emerging in US cities. But why purchase something that it so easy to make at home? If you have a food processor, chickpeas and tahini paste, you can make your own version of hummus in a matter of minutes. Another reason to keep these ingredients handy at home.

To accompany the perfect home-made hummus, I will also show you how to make home made pita chips. Again, you can come up with sweet variations for this (cinnamon and sugar), but I will show you how to make plain ones, which we can use for dipping into the hummus. With this recipe, your parties will be a hit!

You will need

1 can of chickpeas (approximately 2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon of sumac
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1 clove of garlic (mashed)
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of tahini
1/4 cup of water
1/6 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (add more depending on your taste)
1/4 cup of parsley
Store bought pita bread

1. Wash the chickpeas in a strainer, and place them into the food processor

Wash chickpeas and place into food processor

2. Peel a garlic clove and use a garlic press to mash the 1 clove of garlic into the food processor. Use a garlic press, otherwise you might get chunks of garlic in your hummus!

Peel garlic and mash it into the food processor

3. Add 2 tablespoons of tahini, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of parsley, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, salt to taste ( I add approximately 1/6th of a teaspoon), and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin. I also add 1/2 teaspoon of sumac, which is a red colored spice which adds a sour taste.

Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor

4. Blend ingredients using the food processor!

Blend ingredients!

5. To make the pita chips, cut the pita bread into small triangles

Cut pita bread into small triangles

6.On a piece of foil, drizzle olive oil, black pepper and some oregano or parsley flakes on top of the pita triangles. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees.

Drizzle olive oil, black pepper and some oregano or parsley flakes

7. Serve with the hummus! Enjoy!

Garnish with pine nuts and some sumac. You can also drizzle some more olive oil.


Impress Your Guests with Fancy Chips & Guacamole March 8, 2010

Posted by Deniz Olcay in Mexican Dishes.
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It’s always nice to prepare something tasty and quick when guests are coming over. With this unique recipe, you will be able to impress your friends with your culinary skills, and enjoy a delicious version of the often dull guacamole. So throw out the pre-made guacamole mix, check the kitchen for needed ingredients, and get started!

You will need

1/3 of a cup of green pepper
1/3 of a cup of red pepper
3 Ripe avocados
1 Tomato
Juice of 1.5 limes
Garlic salt to taste or just regular salt
1/4 Cup of freshly chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons of sweet yellow onions (a very little amount just to give some flavor)
3 Teaspoons of honey
3 teaspoons of reduced pomegranate juice

1. Chop the 2 tablespoons of onion and squeeze 1.5 limes into a large bowl.  Add 3 pinches of garlic salt. Allow to rest in the bowl for about 5 minutes while you prep the other ingredients

Guacamole chopped onion in lime

2. Chop the 1/3 cup of red pepper and green pepper and set aside. Be sure to chop them into really small cubes

Guacamole chop peppers

3. Chop the 1/4 cup of cilantro and set aside

Guacamole chop cilantro

4. Chop the 1 tomato into small cubes and put it inside the bowl with the onions in it

Guacamole putting tomato in bowl

5. Put the chopped peppers into the bowl and allow to rest for another few minutes, while we make the pomegranate/honey glaze

Guacamole peppers onions tomatoes

6. If you have pomegranate juice, simply cook it over medium heat for about 5 minutes in a pot until it becomes thicker. Take 3 teaspoons of the reduced pomegranate and mix it with 3 teaspoons of honey. Make sure it has a thick consistency, and taste to make sure it is a good sweet/tart combination, as flavors of honey and pomegranate can vary

Guacamole honey glaze

7. Chop up the avocado, and place into the bowl along with the cilantro

Guacamole cilantro avo in bowl

8. With a fork, mix the bowl from the bottom, and mash the avocados gently. Do not make it into a puree, as you will see that it both looks and tastes much better when the avocados retain some of their chunky texture

9. Place on a large serving plate, and pour some of the honey/pomegranate glaze on top. Serve with plain chips. Enjoy!

Guacamole final