Turkish-Style Hummus

Turkish-Style Hummus
Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner

Ingredients

  •   One 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 Teaspoon  roughly chopped garlic
  • 1/4 Cup  extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 Cup  lemon juice, plus more as needed
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste*
  • Kalamata olive, preferably pitted
  •   Parsley leaves, for garnish
  •   Paprika or cayenne, to taste

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by Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner

Creamy, flavorful hummus with warm pita bread or crisp crackers appears on nearly every traditional meze or appetizer platter throughout Turkey, particularly in the southeast near the Iraq and Syrian borders where the first chickpeas were domesticated during Neolithic times.

When combined with bread (wheat was also domesticated in the region), hummus makes a complete and easily digestible protein. Best of all, you can make it in minutes and feed a crowd. Simply chop a little garlic, add olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. Whir in a food processor or with a mixer or blender, and you may find yourself eating it by the spoonful. This recipe is adapted for the American kitchen. Should you wish to add sesame paste or tahini for a denser, Middle Eastern flavor, add a tablespoon during the blending process.
 

Directions

Drain half the liquid from the chickpeas and reserve the rest to add creaminess and flavor. Combine the chickpeas with their liquid, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Pulse until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. If the hummus is too thick, thin to the desired consistency with water or lemon juice. Spoon into a shallow serving bowl. Garnish with additional olive oil on the top. Set the olive in the center. Garnish with parsley leaves and paprika or cayenne.

Notes

*Note: Black pepper will leave flecks in the hummus; I prefer to use white pepper.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

122 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

6%

Servings:

9
  • Fat 7g 11%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 1g 5%
  • Fiber 3g 13%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 3g 7%
  • Sodium 119mg 5%
  • Calcium 24mg 2%
  • Magnesium 13mg 3%
  • Potassium 72mg 2%
  • Iron 1mg 3%
  • Zinc 0mg 2%
  • Phosphorus 42mg 6%
  • Vitamin A 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 5%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 1%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 24µg 6%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 7%
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