Monday, February 4, 2013

Basil Hummus with Homemade Pita Chips

I have been craving homemade hummus for the past few days and on one of my recent trips to the market, I picked up the most beautiful batch of basil.  So as I was prepping to make some tasty hummus, I had the greatest idea!  Why not make some basil hummus and some garlicky pita chips to go with?  Mmmmmmm!  This recipe turned out to be so incredibly delicious, I am super psyched to share it with you today.  And these pita chips are so healthy and so easy to make, why buy the ones at the store?  So get ready for some heavenly hummus you will absolutely LOVE!  

PS- the pita chips go amazingly with my Persian Yogurt Cucumber Dish too!  The perfect crunchiness to go with something smooth and refreshing!  

For the Hummus~
1 cup chick peas
3 large garlic cloves
1 handful basil leaves (I used 7 large leaves to precise)
2 tablespoons tahini
Juice of 1/2 to a whole lemon (I used a whole because I like tangy)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water

For the Pita Chips~
4 medium sized whole wheat pitas cut into triangles (I used the medium because I like the size of the triangles--just cut once in half and then each half into 3 triangles)
About 1/4 cup olive oil
Few shakes of garlic powder
Sprinkle of salt

1.  Place all of the ingredients for the hummus into the food processor and puree.  That is IT!  

2.  For the pita chips, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic powder and salt.  By the way, this is your time to get creative!  If you want, add a pinch of paprika or oregano or cumin...or if you're feeling sweet you can just do olive oil with cinnamon and sugar!  Combine the ingredients and use either a brush to coat each pita (both sides) or using your hands, toss the pitas in the bowl so that they are well covered with olive oil and spices.  Lay them on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 11-13 minutes.  PS- at the 10 minute mark, I keep checking on them to ensure they are crispy and do not burn!  I suggest you do the same :-)      

And now, it's time to serve up the hummus in a bowl surrounded by the tasty pitas and ENJOY!

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