My mother is of Middle Eastern descent, and I enjoy her delicious cooking. I grew up eating all sorts of Arabic food, including hummus. I always have it with some texture, and little specs from the chickpeas. You can find my classic recipe here: Gina’s Hummus. Recently, I watched a video that Joumana Accad, author of Taste of Beirut posted on Facebook. She is an expert in the Lebanese culture, and a renown food stylist. She gave away the secret ingredient to make a very creamy hummus. She uses Greek yogurt in her recipe. When I told my mom about it, she rolled her eyes. Don’t get me wrong, she likes both ingredients, but didn’t think they would work together. I decided to give it a try, and I must tell you, Joumana was spot on. Although, I got the yogurt idea from her, I played with the ingredients and came up with this ratio.
Serves: 4-6 Level of difficulty: Easy
- 1 – 16 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed *
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. Tahini, sesame paste *
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt, secret ingredient
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
- Cumin, for garnish
- Flat leave parsley for garnish
- 3- 4 garbanzo beans for garnish
- In a food processor, blend the beans, garlic, lemon, salt, pepper, tahini, water, yogurt, and oil, until it reaches a creamy consistency.
2. Pour in a medium serving bowl, garnish with cumin, beans, parsley, and drizzle olive oil on top of it. Serve with Pita chips, or bread. This makes a delicious appetizer for a dinner party, and you can easily double the recipe. The yogurt gives it a delightful touch, and it will melt in your mouth. You can also sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top for a festive look, instead of the chickpeas.
Being a cook is all about experimenting, diversify in the kitchen, creating delicious and healthy dishes, and to satisfy our palate. My philosophy is, if you have a recipe down path, and it works great, that’s wonderful! However, I believe, it’s also important to change things up in the kitchen, and play with texture, color, and presentation. The food has to appeal to the eyes first, then, we relish it with our taste buds.
*Ideally, using dried garbanzo beans is better, if you have the time to cook it, I recommend it.
* Tahini or sesame paste can be found in specialty stores, and is one of the main ingredients to obtain a delicious hummus.
Secret ingredient recipe inspired by Taste of Beirut
Image by Gina Martino Zarcadoolas for Foodiewinelover
In closing, I would like to thank Joumana for her amazing talent, and contribution to the culinary world.
Always remember to sprinkle a little love on your meal ❤ ❤ <3! Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday Season From My Home to Yours,
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