Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yummy Yummy Yummy I've Got Hummus in my Tummy

So maybe you're wondering why I haven't posted in a couple days when I said I would post every day for the first week... well, I have a confession; I've been eating jalapeno hummus. And I decided to attempt to make my own today and pita bread from scratch. There's also another little funny story about my hummus, but I'll share that with you tomorrow.

OK, OK, I know it doesn't look that good, but trust me, it's so tasty. Here's how I did it

Hummus Ingredients:

1- 15 oz. can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained (reserve the water in the can, though!)
1/4 c. Tahini Paste (found in the mediteranean aisle at the market)
4 cloves of garlic
3 fresh jalapenos, de-seeded
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. Curry
3 TB of lemon juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
2/3 c. olive oil
Red pepper flakes and olive oil for garnish

I used a food processor, but you could use a blender or bullet. First I throw my garlic cloves and jalapenos in the processor to mince them. Then I add everything else and blend for a LONG time. The longer you blend, you will get a creamier consistancy, as opposed to a grainy, lumpy one. * patience is a virtue, young grasshopper* Add in the reserved juice from your bean can alternating with olive oil as needed to get a smoother consistancy as well. Voila! I like mine better chilled which allows the flavors to really sit and "get acquainted" with one another. I drizzled olive oil and sprinkled crushed red peppers on myine before serving/devouring.

Pita Bread Ingredients:

3 cups flour
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon instant yeast

1-2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 c. water
1/4 c. milk

I'll boil my water, let it cool and then add my yeast and salt and whisk it with a fork. I then put the rest of my ingredients in the food processor with the dough blade, and add the yeast/water/salt mixture. Mix until dough comes off of the sides of the bowl and is smooth and elastic. Separate dough into 16 balls on a floured surface. Cover and let rise for 15-1 hour, or until doubled in size. When ready, heat skillet to medium heat and roll each ball well in flour. Roll flat into circular shape; don't worry if it seems really flat. Place in skillet and when bubbles start to rise on one side, flip and do the other side. You can fry these in oil, giving them a indian fry bread texture, but I didn't even use pam. You can also freeze your dough balls and use them later. Next time I make these I want to try using whole wheat flower. I think that mixing in some fresh cilantro as well with your jalapenos would give it a spicy/cool flavor; unfortunately, my hubbie doesn't like the green leafy stuff, so I didn't use it!

Thanks for stopping by! For a little "creative fury" here are some cards I recently made. They're part of a set of five "thank you" cards I did using different languages. Have a great day!!!

1 comment:

katarinas mama said...

Love the thank you cards...cute designs...and yummy hummus...have to make some!!! Love it!

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