Pizza Hummus

I never knew what hummus was. I had no idea what to expect from it. My friends told me it was made from dirt. My first experience with hummus goes back to freshman year of college on the first day that I bonded with my roommate.

I was introduced to the show Glee for the first time in my life. He gave me some chicken nuggets heated up using the microwave located above the mini fridge tucked between our desks. He told me to dip it in a green-brown paste. I was amazed. I wasn’t used to the flavors, the textures, the aromas.

Two years later, I’ve learned that hummus isn’t traditionally served with chicken nuggets. I also learned that its a healthy snack with vegetables. I’ve learned that you can make a pizza flavored version thats not only healthy but delicious.  I was a little confused when I first heard this flavor combination. Eager for any side dish two hours before dinner, I decided to go with the pizza hummus.

I’m glad that I decided to give this a go because the tomato lends its acidic nature to the overall flavor of the hummus. The bitter taste of tahini is rounded with the aromatics that are common to Italian cuisine.

Tomorrow, I’ll share the focaccia I served with this hummus but until then, happy cooking!

Pizza Hummus

From Handle the heat, halved to fit my audience

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed, 1/4 cup liquid reserved
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato paste, oregano, and basil and cook until slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor. Add the garlic, garbanzo beans, garbanzo bean liquid, tahini, lemon juice, and salt. Puree until smooth and creamy. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Today is also fourth of July! As a child, I grew up in a asian household that didn’t celebrate fourth of july festivities that I had hoped for. My best memory was watching the fireworks at my aunt’s pent house directly overseeing the entire Rose Bowl.

This year, I’m excited to say that I will be making 4th of July vanilla cupcakes for my friends. I’ll be sure to share those with you soon (:

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