So quick and so easy a recipe, it is a great healthy snack and a great starter to an evening dinner with friends. Hummus traditionally a combination of pureed chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans, sesame paste called tahini, garlic, and lemon. I usually use some sour cream or plain yogurt just to lighten it up. It makes it smooth and creamy, goes well with some warmed up pita or even a nice bread toasted and crackers of any sort.
I remember a party where we made an appetizer of cucumber slices with a nice dollop of homemade hummus on top. These were a hit and the tray was emptied in minutes. I guess our creativity is our canvas and there are so many ideas in how to make and use hummus, but also respecting the traditions of culture that are origins for great recipes and beautiful family stories is important. Speaking of creativity and also inspired by Alison from Food by Mars who created a gorgeous baba ganoush, I created a hummus of grilled eggplant slices and tahini, sour cream, roasted garlic and some kalamata olives.
I love being outdoors which is why spring and summer, and even a beautiful fall, are my favorites of the seasons. Today was beautiful, sunny, warm with a slight breeze, perfect day to be grilling some beautiful organic eggplants from our local Farmers' Market. The eggplant slices, marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, then nicely charred and caramelized, will add such a unique and delicious flavor to the hummus, along with the sweetness of the roasted garlic.
Into a food processor they go with a good drizzling of extra virgin olive oil, a a couple of spoonfuls of tahini, some creamy sour cream, kalamata olives, some fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt, and it is as simple at that.
Pita warming on the barbecue to be the partner in the melodic dance of flavor, a little color of fresh chopped parsley and Spanish paprika added to beautify this dish and there you have it: Grilled Eggplant and Olive Hummus. Mmmmmmmm, it tastes wonderful; rich in flavor, pita nice and warm just slightly crisp, what a great appetizer.
Next time you're at the supermarket and you want to reach for an already made hummus, think of this recipe and go to the produce section and get started, you may never get store bought hummus again.