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Why do I love hummus so much? Because it’s delicious on everything. Dip it, spread it, or dollop it! It’s the best!
Did you know that the suggested serving of hummus is two tablespoons? If any of you can eat just two tablespoons of hummus you deserve a prize. Hummus is one of those foods that I can’t eat just a little bit. I have tried time and time again to have some self-control but I always fail. Two tablespoons of hummus? Madness!
There was a time that the only hummus you could find in stores or a recipe for was traditional hummus, which is perfection by the way. But, now there are so many different variations of hummus that the classic perfect hummus recipe has now become *echo* ULTIMATE-MAte-mate-mate HUMMUS-US-us-s-s. Today hummus flavors are endless!
I don’t want to miss out on a single ultimate hummus flavor so, I thought I would make one of my own. This recipe combines my favorite addictive snack, with a favorite childhood treat, tamarind, and added a sprinkle of the Middle East with za’atar. If you like anything sweet and tart you will love tamarind. It’s a fruit that starts off with a hint of sweetness and then turns tart. The kind of tart that tickles the back of your jaw. It’s great in sauces, candies, and as a juice.
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend of sumac, thyme, marjoram, cumin, and sesame seeds. It’s great with any protein but I love to sprinkle it over savory foods like it was salt. It adds a great complexity of flavor which helps prevent palate fatigue.
Obviously, chickpeas are the most important ingredient in hummus. Otherwise, hello, no hummus! But equally as important is quality olive oil. For this recipe, I used Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Pompeian Smooth is light and fruity with aromatic notes and a hint of spiciness. It perfectly compliments the sweet, tart, and earthy notes of this hummus without being overpowering. Because of its light smooth flavor, Pompeian Smooth Extra Virgin Olive Oil is perfect in any of your favorite light dishes.
Because of its tartness and acidity tamarind is a perfect addition to hummus, giving it a rich brightness with a hint of sweetness. I promise you will be surprised with how the flavors play off one another. My favorite thing about this hummus is that each bite is a little different. Which makes it incredibly addictive. This is no two tablespoon serving hummus.
- 1 can garbanzos, drained liquid reserved
- ¼ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup tamarind concentrate
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lemon Za'atar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Combine garbanzos, tahini, tamarind, garlic, lemon juice, and Za'atar in a food processor.
- Pulse the food processor until the mixture is crumbly. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture while running the food processor. Slowly add ¼ cup of garbanzo liquid to the mixture until it reaches desired consistency.
- Spread hummus in a shallow bowl. Drizzle with Pompeian Olive Oil, tamarind, and sprinkle with Za'atar. Serve with pita chip or fresh cut vegetables.