Hummus is so common today it's almost become a little boring. Not this version! The starchiness of the chickpeas is counteracted by the sharpness of the parsley oil. Plus the bright green oil makes for an great presentation. Found this recipe in The Gourmet Cookbook.
- 1⁄4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus 2-3 sprigs for garnish
- 3⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 2 (19 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2⁄3 cup well-stirred tahini
- 2⁄3 cup water
- 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350º F; position rack in the middle of the oven.
- In a food processor or blender puree 1/4 cup parsley with 1/4 cup oil oil.
- Strain oil through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing hard on the solids;discard solids. Set aside.
- Toast pine nuts and cumin seeds in a small pan in the oven until golden brown (about 8 minutes); stir occasionally.
- Let cool.
- Combine 1/2 cup chickpeas with garlic in a food processor until garlic is finely minced.
- Add tahini, water, lemon juice, salt, remaining chick-peas, and remaining 1/2 cup olive oil and puree until smooth.
- Strip leaves from remaining parsley sprigs.
- Divide hummus between two shallow dishes and smooth tops.
- Drizzle with parsley oil and scatter parsley oil, pine nuts and cumins seeds over tops.
- Salt to taste and serve with pita toast.
- Hummus and parsley oil can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated. Be sure to bring the oil to room temperature before using.
Made as written for ZWT6, this is excellent hummus & made even better by the parsley oil + pine nuts atop the chickpea mixture. Both added texture variants & made for a lovely presentation. For just 2 of us, I decided to make a half recipe. Then it got a bit tricky because the can size here is 14 oz & all ingredients had to be adjusted accordingly. My magic bullet made quick work of both mixtures & the hummus was smooth as silk. Only at the end as I was doing the final touches did I realize I'd made an error. The cumin seeds had disappeared into the whizzed smooth hummus. Those who esp like a heavy garlic presence can afford to increase the amt listed. I served it w/toasted pita triangles I brushed w/olive oil & sprinkled w/garlic powder, so I got my extra garlic fix that way. Thx for sharing this tasty & easy-fix recipe w/us. :-)
Really good - I liked adding the parsley oil to the top - it was both pretty, and very flavourful. The toasted cumin seeds and pignoli added great crunch and flavour. The whole family approved. Thanks.
This is good. Although my blender did have trouble making it smooth. I used an unrefined extra virgin olive oil which is healthy and tasty. Made for ZWT6 NA*ME regions, for my team, The Ya Ya Cookerhood!