Fully Loaded Hummus

Fully Loaded Hummus

Who doesn’t love hummus?  If that person exists, I haven’t met them yet.  And thank goodness, as this dish is one of my staples for a summer gathering.  It’s a real crowd pleaser, one of those dishes everyone seems to congregate around.

This is a really easy, no cook recipe – well, except for some very simple onion frying – if you can bang some bits in a blender and chop a few bits and pieces, you’re done.  Although I’ve listed quantities, you can really go where you want with this hummus, adjust it to your own taste as you go along.

Recipe For Fully Loaded Hummus

Preparation Time: Less than 30 minutes
Serves: 8 to 12

For the Hummus
2 x 410gr / 14 oz. tins of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
8 x tbsp of water
3 x large cloves of garlic
6 x tbsp of tahini (sesame seed paste)
Juice of 3 lemons
2 x tbsp of olive oil
Salt to taste

Dressing Ingredients To Fully Load the Hummus

2 x medium sized red onions, sliced thinly in rings and roasted at 200°C/400°F in one tbsp of olive oil for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown and crispy.
1 x tbsp of toasted cumin seeds
1/3 of a cucumber, seeds removed and chopped finely
1 x red chili pepper chopped finely
2 x spring onions (scallions) chopped finely
10 x red radishes chopped finely
A handful of each: mint, parsley and coriander (cilantro) chopped roughly
A pinch of paprika
2 x tsp of toasted sesame seeds
2 x tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. The first thing to do is to prepare the red onions. The rest you can do whilst they are roasting.
  2. In a food processor, whizz up the ingredients for the hummus until smooth, taste to check that it is seasoned correctly.
  3. Add about half of the dressing ingredients to a salad bowl (except for the paprika powder, sesame seeds and olive oil) and stir through the hummus until everything is mixed in then spoon this out on to your serving dish.
  4. Sprinkle the rest of the dressing ingredients over your hummus attractively and drizzle over the olive oil.

Tips and Variations

  • If you are rushed for time, use a good quality store bought hummus and don’t bother with the red onions.
  • Sprinkle over some feta cheese too
  • Try a version dressed with sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil.


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