March 21, 2010

Lemon Hummus

As part of my recreation of Friedman's Lunch's Garden Vegetable Sandwich, I made a nice big batch of Hummus to spread on my freshly baked gluten free bread. I always prefer to make my own hummus at home. It's quick, easy, inexpensive, and I get to customize the flavor to my liking. Hummus is typically made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and seasoning. In this case, I added the preserved Meyer Lemons because I love the citrusy flavor they give and the little specs of meyer lemon peel are beautiful in the spread.

Some notes about this recipe:
1. I happened to have a jar of preserved meyer lemons I made a while back in my fridge. You can make your own or use store bought. Remember to rinse your preserved lemons really well before using in this recipe since they are preserved in salt. Otherwise your hummus will taste like the Dead Sea.
2. If you don't have preserved lemons, you can use some fresh lemon juice and zest instead. Your hummus will have a different flavor but will still be delicious. Just replace the 1/4 cup of chickpea juice with 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice an 1 tablespoon of zest.
3. Use reduced salt or salt free canned chickpeas if you can. Especially if you are using preserved lemons. You can always add salt later if necessary.

Hummus with Preserved Meyer Lemons
2 cloves of garlic
1 can chickpeas (reduced salt or salt free), drained but reserving the liquid
2 preserved lemons, including both the flesh & rind, rinsed really well
1/4 cup tahini
salt and pepper to taste
chopped fresh herbs (optional)

Place the cloves of garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the canned chickpeas, preserved lemons and tahini and process for about 1 minute. Add the chickpea liquid and continue to process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper as necessary.

Depending on how you'll be eating your hummus, fresh herbs make a delicious addition to this recipe. Parsley or dill are especially fantastic and refreshing. You can spread the hummus on some bread for a sandwich or serve with crudite as a fabulous dip.

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