By Noor Nouaillati, Recent ASU Nutrition Student
I find this dish very filling and you can make it a main dish with falafel to go with it or as an appetizer. It is quick, simple and delicious. It’s a popular Middle Eastern dish that we like to have for breakfast and sometimes as a late dinner. All you need for this dish is:
- 2 cups of chickpeas
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup of lemon juice
- 1 cup of tahini sauce
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- ½ cup of olive oil and parsley for garnishing
First, combine the tahini and lemon juice in the food processor bowl and mix for one minute while it’s mixing scrape the sides of the bowl. You want to create a thick creamy texture. Once the tahini and lemon juice has achieved a thick creamy texture, begin to add in the olive oil, garlic, salt and mix for an additional minute.
Then, drain the chickpeas and add it to the mixture and let that process for an additional minute or two. To create the true hummus experience you want the mixture to be thick, smooth and creamy so keep mixing until you get that texture. More salt can be added if seeking a more powerful flavor. Next, cook the ground beef and season it with spices, salt, pepper, chili flakes and cumin. Allow the ground beef to cook with a drizzle of olive oil. After the ground beef is cooked, place your hummus on the plate and add the ground beef on top of the hummus along with parsley for a garnish if desired. If you’re looking to add a crunchy texture, add roasted pine nuts.
This dish can be served alongside vegetables or slices of pita bread and would make a great appetizer!