hummus – The Culinary Chase http://theculinarychase.com support local Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:52:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 hummus (with a surprising ingredient) http://theculinarychase.com/2017/03/hummus-with-a-surprising-ingredient/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:15:22 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=13521 Most of us have, at some point, enjoyed hummus either as a dip with pita bread and veggies or as a condiment slathered over a falafel.  The recipe is simple;  grab a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), garlic, tahini, lemon or lime juice, coriander and process in a blender.  Hummus is a healthy substitute […]

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hummus - with a suprising ingredientMost of us have, at some point, enjoyed hummus either as a dip with pita bread and veggies or as a condiment slathered over a falafel.  The recipe is simple;  grab a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), garlic, tahini, lemon or lime juice, coriander and process in a blender.  Hummus is a healthy substitute for mayonnaise or butter.  That said, I went off it for a period of time as I found it boring until I decided to add anchovies…blame it on the anchovy butter I made a couple of weeks ago.  Sure, you can jazz it up by adding sumac or cumin but nothing quite took hold of my taste buds the way anchovies did.

I have been using anchovy fillets since December 2001 when I took an Italian cooking class (7 sauces for your pasta).  We were living in Singapore and I met Francesca.  Her charm, culinary experience (an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America) and natural love for her country was infectious.  I wanted to learn more.  She showed how to make a proper puttanesca sauce using anchovy fillets.  Before then I would have turned my nose up as I wasn’t a big fan of fish.  The anchovies dissolve when added to the tomato sauce with no hint of any ‘fishy’ scent, just an amazing savoury flavour.  Next time you make a beef stew, add these little guys.

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
handful of cilantro, chopped (stems included)
2 teaspoons tahini (add more if needed)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
8 to 10 anchovy fillets (packed in oil), roughly chopped
extra-virgin olive oil

Add all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and pulse. If too dry, add more olive oil. Serve on toasted bread slices or use as a dip.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: Save some of the anchovy oil and add to the dip. Enjoy!

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garlic scapes hummus http://theculinarychase.com/2016/07/garlic-scapes-hummus/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:00:29 +0000 http://theculinarychase.com/?p=12818 Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are cut to force the garlic bulbs to grow bigger. Some gardeners throw these away! The flavour is less pungent than a garlic clove and has a subtle scallion flavour. How to use? Think of how you would cook a green vegetable (stir-fry, sauté, […]

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garlic scapes hummusGarlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are cut to force the garlic bulbs to grow bigger. Some gardeners throw these away! The flavour is less pungent than a garlic clove and has a subtle scallion flavour. How to use? Think of how you would cook a green vegetable (stir-fry, sauté, steam, grill) and go from there.  Hummus is a favourite go-to dip when I want something in a pinch. I usually have canned chickpeas (garbanzo) in the pantry ready for when I make a salad, curry, falafel or hummus.  You can easily whip this up in about 10 or so minutes.

Serves 4 as a dip
1 1/2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
handful garlic scapes roughly cut into 1/2-inch pieces
olive oil
1/2 lemon
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons tahini paste (homemade or purchased)

garlic scapesSauté scapes in a splash of olive oil over medium heat until slightly soft. Add to a food processor. Toss in chickpeas and a splash of olive oil. Pulse until combined. Add tahini paste, squeeze a bit of the lemon juice, salt and pepper, and more oil if needed. Pulse then taste and adjust according to your liking.

Serve in a bowl and add a splash of olive oil.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:
  As the ingredients serve as a guideline, change the amounts to suit your own taste.  Serve the hummus with toasted pita bread, crudités or favourite cracker.  Enjoy!

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