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Hummus with Greek Olives

Hummus with Greek Olives

My friend, Jared, was the one who first suggested I add olives to my hummus. Like me, he likes “regular” hummus, too. The addition of olives adds another layer of flavor. Salty, briny and that unique olive taste. Makes sense when you think about it. You are already adding olive oil to hummus, why not add olives, too?  I have a big jar of Kalamata olives (thanks, Costco), so I have been looking for ways to use them.

Hummus with Greek Olives

1 can garbanzo beans, drained- or about 2 c. cooked garbanzos

1 c. Greek olives, drained, pitted and chopped

1/4 c. olive oil

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. tahini (sesame seed paste)

2 cloves garlic

salt and hot pepper sauce to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Adjust seasonings. Chill. Serve with pita bread, crackers or fresh vegetables. Also nice spread in a pita bread with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce. Freezes well.

Portobellos with Hummus

Portobellos with Hummus

Portobellos with Hummus

If you are looking for a fun way to serve Portobello mushrooms you might want to give this a try.  I love mushrooms and am always looking for a new way to serve them. All you do is take Portobello mushrooms caps, clean them up a bit, and saute them. Once the caps are cooked spoon in a mixture of hummus, cream cheese and roasted red pepper. At this point they go in the oven or under the broiler. You could even do this on the grill, but you won’t get the top browning. I made my own hummus and roasted a pepper but both of those ingredients could be purchased. Here is the recipe.

 

 

 

Portobellos with Hummus

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 small portobello mushroom caps, stems and ribs removed
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1 roasted red pepper, diced
3/4 cup hummus
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the portobello mushrooms for 3 minutes on each side until browned.
Stir together cream cheese, pepper, and hummus until evenly blended. Season the mushroom caps with salt and pepper on each side. Place the mushrooms onto a baking sheet, with the stem-side facing up. Then fill with hummus mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until the filling is hot.