This post is part of the Food Matters Project, a cooking collaboration among participating bloggers. Each week, we will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating. Follow along with us!
This week’s recipe for the Food Matters Project, selected by Erin of Naturally Ella, is a simple and versatile hummus…served hot! Hummus was a staple in my college kitchen, and continues to be a key player in my small kitchen today. So I jumped at the opportunity to experiment with new ways of serving my favorite dip.
Leave it to Mark Bittman to take a humble dish like hummus, and elevate it to something more complex, elegant, and dare I say—delicious?! The main recipe itself is reliably straightforward—chickpeas, tahini, lemon, olive oil, and garlic blended together into a smooth consistency that begs for a warm piece of pita. The brilliance (and warmth) comes later with the add-ins and final presentation. Bittman provides a list of possible ingredients to spice up (literally) the original recipe, including roasted bell peppers, roasted garlic, cheese, nuts, olives, spices and pesto. If I’ve learned anything from religiously following Bittman’s Minimalist columns throughout the years, it’s to follow your flavor instincts. I’m a sucker for roasted red pepper hummus, but wanted cut the sweetness peppers add. Going off hummus’s Mediterranean roots, I folded in minced preserved lemons, which added a subtle tang to the dip.
Once the flavors are set, the creamy mixture is heated on the stove or in the microwave then served warm immediately. I was wary of enjoying this warm dip with my favorite crisp carrots, so I opted for an open face sandwich, playing off my love of hummus in wraps. I spread the hot hummus on a piece of crusty bread and topped it off with sautéed greens and onions. The perfect light lunch! And now I’ve got a container of delicious hummus in my fridge, waiting to be reheated and rethought into another sandwich, appetizer, or snack!
Juliana Barton is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, who avoided the dining hall in college by playing lunch lady in her own kitchen. She subscribes to the gospel of Mark Bittman, and misses her weekly Minimalist videos! Read more…