Sun Dried Tomato Hummus with Pita Chips

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Hummus is a healthy alternative for snacks or appetizers and very simple to make.   While there are many variations, the basis of a hummus recipe is garbanzo beans and Tahini, which is sesame paste  found in most grocery stores. If you don’t like sun dried tomato, you can omit it or can substitute with any other ingredient.   Hummus is usually served with pita bread, fresh or baked. Below is a recipe for baked  pita chips. I prefer my chips seasoned, but you can make plain pita chips by omitting the spices or substituting with other spices or herbs.

Yield about 1 cup

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans ( aka chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • ¼  cup of the liquid from garbanzo beans
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini ( sesame paste)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, or more as needed, plus more for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until creamy and smooth. If the mixture seems dry or does not blend well, add few more tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and add more seasoning, as needed.

Transfer hummus to a serving bowl. Sprinkle paprika over top and drizzle some olive oil.   Serve with pita chips

Serves 6

Pita Chips 

Ingredients:

  • 6 pita bread
  • ¼  cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs (oregano, basil, etc)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut each pita in half then into wedges and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Drizzle olive oil evenly over pita wedges.  Sprinkle rest of the ingredients over pita and mix together.

Bake in preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

 

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