27 July 2008

Taste of the Mediterranean- Layered Hummus


When it comes to hummus and tzatziki I usually cheat big time and purchase both from a local Greek restaurant here in our area. The Greek House Restaurant sell their products in stores throughout the interior including their lemon potatoes and rice. These dips are great in a pinch, perfect for my lunch wraps and just as good, if not better, than anything I can come up with.

So when I read that Tony Tahhan’s Taste of the Mediterranean event this month was focused on Lebanon... one of my favourite cuisines and Hummus... one of my favorite foods... I knew I was in! This is the recipe I always use for hummus using either dried chickpeas that are soaked overnight and then cooked or canned. I decided to step it up a notch and make a layered dip for a special occasion. So here is what I came up with.
The deadline for submissions was July 15...but if you recall I was busy celebrating at that time as well as working mega hours at the Easter Seal Camp. Tony does such great work with his blog I just wanted to bring his blog and this event to your attention!!!

**Layered Hummus**

2 -1/2 cups canned chickpeas, drained
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 -1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1-2 T olive oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup water

Pesto Layer

1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 T pine nuts toasted
2-3 cloves garlic
¼ cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled for topping
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Put 1/2 of the lemon juice and all of the ingredients except the chickpeas into the blender. Blend for 5 seconds. Now add the chick peas and blend on high until your hummus reaches a smooth consistency about 10-15 seconds.

Taste. If the dip is too thick, but you don't want to add the remaining lemon juice, add a little water slowly and blend until it reaches the desired consistency.

In a small blender jar place all the ingredients for the green layer and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Pour 1/2 of the hummus into a clear serving bowl. Add your green layer and then add remaining hummus. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. (It can be eaten immediately, but becomes even more flavorful if left to chill well.)

Top with crumbled feta cheese and a drizzle of olive oil before serving. Serve with pita wedges or slices of whole grain breads or crackers.

Serves 6
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33 comments:

  1. I love the layered approach! And a great idea to present it in a clear bowl, so you can see that nice ribbon of green pesto. Looks and sounds wonderful!

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  2. My three favourite things, hummus, feta and pesto. Yum, will be bookmarking this one. Love the layering

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  3. how nice to hear that you have a local greek restaurant in your neighbourhood -sounds like they do well selling their products to other stores too

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  4. How lovely. I love the combo and it makes a beautiful presentation.

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  5. This looks and sounds wonderful, Val! Hummus is a favorite snack around here and we love pesto too. I love how you've combined the two.

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  6. Mmmm lovely and now if you could just pass me some pitta bread too, that would be perfect!

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  7. This is one of the coolest ideas I've seen in a long while.

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  8. Val, this looks like a wonderfully tasty treat - gorgeous to taste and gorgeous to look at.

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  9. I love this layered look...it's so beautiful. I too am a big fan of hummus but never thought of this presentation.

    Lovely.

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  10. Oooohhhh, I'm in heaven! Layer hummus... Mmmmm... I didn't think anything could be better than hummus, but then you layered it with feta cheeese and pesto - and the world suddenly became a better place! Thank you for the fantastic idea!

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  11. Other Greek restaurants should take note here and make their own dips again and even offer "take home" sales.

    Val, this was very creative of you, sounds delish and the three layers give one a good excuse to dip deep!

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  12. Such a tasty and wonderful idea...also very beautiful to look at (not that we want to stare at it!)...great stuff val.

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  13. Layered hummus, pesto and feta is a great idea!

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  14. VAll this hummus look so well and yummy!! xxGloria

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  15. This looks fabulous! Hummus is wonderful but layering it with pesto is a stroke of genius!

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  16. I can't tell you how much I love hummus. I would inject it into my veins if I could. :0

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  17. A great version of that wonderful dish! I love Hummus, so that recipe makes me drool...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  18. This looks utterly delicious. All my favorite dips in one bowl....

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  19. Oh, I love that layered hummus. I particularly like the purity of the pesto, and I bet it tastes just dreamy with the hummus and feta topping. No time for crackers ... hand me a spoon! Yum!

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  20. Looks wonderful, love the photo!

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  21. Heavenly layers Val...beautiful!! Looks so delcious! YUM!!

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  22. This is such a fun twist on a classic . I really like the approach. I get tired of hummus from time to time, and this would be a great way to really liven it up a bit.

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  23. what a fantastically delicious idea! this would be perfect for entertaining, but i'd make it just for myself, too. it's lovely. :)

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  24. Do you have a recipe for lemon potatoes? I had some recently and I've been trying to figure out how to make them since.

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  25. A layered hummus is just brilliant. Yet another one of your recipes I now mean to try.

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  26. That is a gorgeous photo!! Love the layered presentation!

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  27. Wow Val! I've got a lot to learn!!! Your hummus is really Magnificus!!! I love the concept of layers... it makes it even more beautiful to the eyes!

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  28. Lebanese is my favority food and this looks so great. I'm making hummus today and I love this idea of layered hummus.

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  29. Oh yes. I have bookmarked this one. I think I'll make it tomorrow. It looks fabulous!

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  30. you know i never would've thought of this. i love this idea!!! i'd add a layer of minced greek olives and maybe pine nuts too!

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  31. Val, great entry!! Thanks for submitting it! I'm going to have to try the triple layer approach sometime - sounds like it'd be fun for entertaining :)

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