the cast of characters
For the Hummus-
2-3 cans of drained garbanzo beans notice I substituted 1 can of cannellini beans to make a silkier product
3-5 large cloves of garlic
2 medium lemons juiced
1/4 c. Tahini paste
1 tbsp.toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp. cumin powder (my spice obsession)
a few dashes of Sumac or smoked paprika
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp.olive oil (only if hummus is dry)
water as needed
So without further adieu...
everybody in the pool!
mix everything in food processor until well blended and hummusy (very technical, I know!). If the hummus seems dry then drizzle in olive oil or water while the food processor is running. I do not like a lot of olive oil in hummus so I usually only add about 1 tbsp oil, and then I use water to moisten it if I need to. I like a lot of garlic and lemon but adjust it as you wish. Hummus is ALWAYS better if it gets to sit and meld the flavors for a while so typically I will make it in advance, but you do not have to. You will only use about half of the prepared hummus for the Lahme so you 'll have a little extra for dipping later in the week.
For the Lahme-
1/2 or1 lb. lean ground meat I prefer to make it less meaty
handful of pine nuts (they are currently ridiculously expensive but vital to a good lahme)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp.chopped cilantro or mint (I prefer cilantro but the mint is traditional if you are using lamb)
Spread a thick layer of prepared hummus on large plate. Toast pine nuts in dry pan, remove from heat and set pine nuts aside. cook ground meat throughly, if the meat looks greasy pour off fat.Add onions and cook until translucent. Mix in pine nuts and cilantro and remove from heat.
The hummus all spread out
Place mixture on top of the plated hummus. Serve with warm pita wedges and sliced cucumber and tomato and devour : ) this serves about 4 as a family style dinner or many more as an appetizer. enjoy!
Oh, and Masie wanted to show you how to make a megablock hammer
build your hammer, any color blocks will do
wave it around and yell like a crazy person, because
you are really excited that you built it, I guess.
bang it on everything in the house while mommy is cooking
and make sure you sigh and groan a lot so mommy knows that you are really working hard
Peace and adorable kids gobbling hummus with a homemade hammer in the other hand!