19 January 2010

Hummus & Pita Chips

Yesterday I made hummus for the first time. It's not my first time to eat it, but I don't remember the stuff I've tried in the past being this flavorful! My friend over at goodfountain hooked me up with her recipe and it's really awesome~my whole family likes it. And I decided to bake up some pita chips to eat with it, just because I love pita chips:)

goodfountain's hummus
2 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas), reserve the juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 Tbls. tahini*
1 tsp. sea salt
2-3 cloves garlic, halved
dash of paprika
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
Blend all ingredients together, mixing very well. (goodfountain recommends a food processor, but I don't have one so I used my blender. I'm pretty sure a food processor would be easier, but the blender finally got the job done). If the mixture seems too dry, add the reserved bean juice 1 Tbls. at a time. The flavor will improve after chilling in the fridge for a while.
*In case you're like me and need to google *tahini* to even know what it is: it's sesame seed butter. You know, like peanut butter or almond butter? Well, this stuff is made from sesame seeds. After looking in a few different stores, I finally found some in an organic foods store.

Next, buy yourself some pita pockets and grab your Greek seasoning and make yourself some delicious chips!
First, cut your pita pockets into 8 wedges with a pizza cutter.

Then take each wedge and separate the two layers and place them on a baking sheet inside side up.

Brush the wedges with a little olive oil and sprinkle with Greek seasoning. I was out of Cavender's so I found a recipe online that used stuff I already had.

Greek Seasoning
3 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon*
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg*
1/2 tsp. thyme
Blend together. Yields 1/4 cup.
*I think next time I'll use less of these, if any at all.

Bake the chips for 10 minutes or so at about 400F~just keep an eye on them and take them out with they start getting browned.

Let them cool and then you can keep them in the pita pocket bag.



Lisa said...

To be honest, I have never wanted to try the hummus I've seen in stores. However, if it was homemade that might be a different story!
Thanks for posting the pita chips tutorial. I will definitely try making these! I always want to buy them at the grocery, but they are pricey. The cost of pita bread is much better, I think. BTW, I love Cavender's seasoning...use it all the time!

Leann said...

Oh this sounds wonderful - I love hummus. So good and flavorful.

Have wonderful day!

steviewren said...

Your recipe sounds yummy. There is a restaurant near work that sells delish hummus. A bowl of hummus and a bag of pita chips is just $350. I love to eat that for lunch.

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

Sounds good. There is one at Sam's Club I like, but I've never considered making it. I definitely will give it a try at least once though!

hallee@halleethehomemaker.com said...

mmm - I love hummus. I try to keep some fresh made in the fridge all of the time. My kids inhale it. (My husband and I do, too, if truth were to be told - heh.)

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

This looks great. I imagine it's so yummy because you made it fresh and put lots of love into it. I wish I could reach out there and try it.

Storybook Woods said...

Love the pita chips, but the way I made your baked crepe dish (I added roasted garlic and mushrooms) it was amazing. Thank you xoxoxo Clarice

Lora said...

I'm so glad you liked the crepe recipe. Your additions sound so yummy~I'd add more in, too, if my kiddos would eat it, but they like it pretty plain right now:)