Hummus + An Open Sandwich

10.05.2012



Do you live in a country where chickpeas were always welcome? I don´t. Except for a few regional dishes, chickpeas, along with other beans, were not eaten in broad daylight. Pretty much like garlic, which is widely loved but many don´t like to eat it during the day when they have to get back to work or something. The same with beans. But trends catch up, the world is globalized, information is everywhere and hummus is loved by many now.
We´re talking about chickpeas and garlic combined. Maybe it´s trendy? I think it´s the yummy flavor that won. A bit smoky, garlicky and so good with pita bread or in a sandwich.

A good traditional hummus is very simple to make and it always involves chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini (sesame paste) and garlic. The proportions may vary, but the recipe remains the same. And with a food processor, it´s as easy as pulsing for a minute everything together.


Today´s recipe is Dorie´s rendition of this classic. I already posted my favorite hummus, which is almost the same one. I use less tahini, more lemon juice and warm water instead of chickpea water from the can. That recipe is here. Since this one suggests to add cumin, I toasted some cumin seeds and added them to the food processor. It is a great addition to regular hummus. Though next time I´d crush them with a mortar and pestle before adding them, since some seeds remained whole.

I missed my last recipe from FFWD because it involved three ingredients and I couldn´t find one of them due to different seasons. So two out of three wasn´t good in this case.
But today´s dip more than compensated. I ate it for as many days as I could. Mixed it with red peppers and ate it with homemade wheat thins (that I will post tomorrow).


For the first two days I ate the same thing: this open sandwich I discovered a few years ago, and that is one of my easy, extremely satisfying and quick lunches. Or lunch and dinner. Or lunch, snack and dinner. Depends on the day.
I could eat hummus all the time. And I do.

For the sandwich: toast your favorite sandwich bread (I use multigrain), slather a few Tbs hummus on top, sliced roasted red pepper (from a jar or homemade), a few slices of fresh tomatoes, salt, arugula and a drizzle of olive oil.



30 comments:

  1. This was GOOD hummus, huh? I love the look of your sandwich!

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  2. I love that top photo! I always added water to my hummus...and never any spices....but I loved this one. Maybe it's time to change my go-to recipe :)

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  3. Beautifully done.
    I like using hummus as a sandwich spread. Much better than peanut butter :-)

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  4. I eat it all the time too and it really is great on sandwiches. So happy that I now know how to make it.

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  5. Your hummus looks wonderful with the olive oil!

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  6. Very clever, Paula - this looks great & I love Hummus but never thought of eating it this way! As easy as this recipe is, I didn't get it made - I even bought all the ingredients! I will have to make it soon.

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  7. Paula, such a pretty presentation of the hummus and I love the idea of adding it to a sandwich as a spread with veggies and salad - great idea and delicious sounding!

    Have a wonderful Friday!

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  8. I'm excited to see your recipe for homemade wheat thins! Your sandwich looks delicious (and very pretty).

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  9. The sandwich sounds delicious:) I need to make so more hummus to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I loooove hummus! Can't wait to make this one soon. I'm new to your blog and love it- I'll be back soon!

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  11. What beautiful presentation my friend, can't say I'm against your delicious sandwich at all :D
    Love hummus!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Mmm hummus! Always wanted to know how to make it. Where do you get the Tahini? I'm from Buenos Aires as well!

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    1. Hola Micaela, el tahini se consigue en jumbo y disco, barrio chino. Esta en muchos lugares. Fijate donde tienen las cosas de medio oriente (couscous, falafel, etc). Me alegra que pasaras por aca!

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    2. Genial! Muchas gracias!!!

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  13. Smile. I could eat hummus all the time too. What a satisfying recipe! Thank you for sharing...and whetting my appetite for a loaf of bread and a bowl of hummus. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Your sandwich sounds great. I am going to have to give this hummus recipe a try because I love cumin. I've had that cookbook on my shelf for a year and I've only made on thing from it so far!

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  15. I love hummus on sandwiches…this looks like it would be perfect for my lunch!! Paula your hummus looks lovely with the drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika! Have a great weekend, Paula!

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  16. I never thought of using it on a sandwich. Good idea. Have to try that.

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  17. That's a delicious looking sandwich, Paula. I like that your own recipe uses warm water instead of the bean liquid. I used it, but it seemed a little gross to me. Warm water is much more appealing. Nice job.

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  18. Yum, your sandwich and hummus look very good!

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  19. Looks amazing. I've never made hummus and now I have an excuse to!

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  20. Love your sandwich! I'm the same, when i find something I like I can eat it any time of day, day after day!

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  21. I love the idea of using toasted cumin seeds to blend with your chickpeas. How great! :)

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  22. Delicious looking sandwich, must try that. I love the paprika and oil on top, a great addition.
    Have a great weekend.

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  23. Beautiful photographs Paula! I ate most of my hummus before it made it's way onto any type of bread :) It was so delicious!!!

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  24. Beautiful sandwich - hummus makes such a great spread, as well as a dip. Freshly toasted cumin sounds so much better than the jarred stuff.

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  25. Yummo - that is one delish looking sandwich, and I like the addition of the red peppers.

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  26. Your photos are stunning. And I am not sure how, but the thought of using this on a sandwich never crossed my mind. After seeing your stunning photos I know want a sandwich immediately !!!I will be showing these photos to my family and imagine I will be called upon to crank out more hummus stat- thankfully it is so easy :)

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  27. I finally read your Post this morning (Monday) and intend to plug in your sandwich for one of my lunches this week. I LOVE that you made your own crackers, Paula, but can I just substitute wheat thins for now? I am still jet-lagged. Your hummus photo (first one) could jump out of the page. Thank you for providing your take on hummus as well as Dorie's. Although I made the lima bean dip, I intend, as I said, to make hummus this week. You are creating wonderful food, presenting it so well and writing such interesting Blogs, Paula. I am enjoying the catch-up. By the way, I loved the metal flower petal sculpture in BA. I was just disappointed that I didn't get to see it open and close as I understand it is broken. Your park system is amazing.

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