Delicious Hummus Recipe with Crunchy Pine Nuts
Hummus with Pine Nuts Turkish-Style Recipe is a mouth-watering culinary delight that will leave your taste buds wanting more. This classic Middle Eastern dip of chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil, gets an upgrade in this recipe as we add spiced pine nuts to elevate it to a whole new level of deliciousness.
The rich and creamy texture of the hummus combined with the nutty flavor of toasted pine nuts will awaken your senses and transport you straight to the streets of Turkey. A perfect appetizer on any occasion, this dish serves as a blank canvas for experimentation and customization.
As an Israeli chef and hummus enthusiast, I take immense pride in sharing this traditional Turkish-style hummus recipe that gained popularity throughout the Middle East. It is a fantastic choice for vegans, vegetarians, or any foodie looking for a healthy yet delightful snack.
So grab your chickpeas, tahini sesame seed paste, garlic cloves, and some pine nuts to prepare yourself for the most indulgent homemade hummus experience you have ever had!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a tasty and healthy snack or appetizer that is perfect for a party or an afternoon snack? Look no further than this amazing hummus with pine nuts Turkish-style recipe! Packed with protein from the chickpeas and pine nuts, this dish is sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied.
One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can eat it as a dip with veggies or pita bread, or use it as a spread on sandwiches or wraps. And with its delicious combination of tangy tahini, garlic, lemon juice, spices like cumin and cayenne pepper, and topped with toasted pine nuts, this hummus recipe packs a flavorful punch that will leave you wanting more.
But why else will you love this recipe? You’ll appreciate that it’s easy to make with minimal prep work required. Plus, it’s made with simple, wholesome ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. It’s also vegan and gluten-free, making it perfect for almost any dietary lifestyle.
So next time you’re craving a healthy and delicious snack, give this hummus with pine nuts Turkish-style recipe a try. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!
To make this mouth-watering Turkish-style hummus, these are the ingredients you need to have on hand:
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin seed
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- Fresh ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
For the toppings:
– 1/4 cup pine nuts
– 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have all our ingredients prepared, it’s time to make this delicious Turkish-style Hummus with Pine Nuts. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Making the Chickpea Puree
Start by adding 1 can of rinsed and drained chickpeas to your food processor.
Step 2: Adding Tahini, Lemon Juice and Garlic
To the chickpeas, add 1/4 cup of tahini, juice of a lemon, 3 peeled garlic cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Blend them until smooth or until you get the consistency you like.
Tip: Add a tablespoon or two of water (or olive oil) to make the hummus smoother, creamier.
Step 3: Dressing Up the Hummus
Add 1/4 teaspoon of cumin, a pinch each of fresh ground black pepper and cayenne pepper to your mixture. Keep blending until they are well combined.
Tip: Instead of adding tahini, you can also use sesame seed paste or powder in this recipe.
Step 4: Toasting Pine Nuts
Take about 1/4 cup of pine nuts, toast them in a dry pan over medium heat until golden brown. Stir frequently so that they do not burn.
Step 5: Serving Up
Now that your hummus is ready, transfer it into a serving dish, and top it with some toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil. Your hummus is now ready to be served!
For a fancier presentation or for appetizers, try making layered hummus. To layer hummus, spread half of the hummus in a dish, top off with spiced lamb or ground beef then repeat by adding remaining hummus atop lamb/beef layer. Top hummus with pine nuts then sprinkle some red pepper on top.
That’s it! A perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner or party appetizer. Enjoy your delicious Turkish-style Hummus with Pine Nuts!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking to add a personal touch to the classic Turkish-style hummus recipe? Here are some quick and easy substitution and variation ideas to liven up your hummus game.
First, try experimenting with different types of nuts. Instead of pine nuts, you could use walnuts, almonds, or even pistachios for added crunch and flavor. For a healthier twist, try using sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Toast them up for an added nutty aroma and flavor.
You can also add some heat to your hummus with spices like cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. A pinch of sumac can also give it a tangy edge. You could also try adding fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a burst of freshness and color.
Want to make this hummus recipe even more filling? Try adding some roasted vegetables like bell peppers, eggplant, or zucchini. You could also top the hummus with cooked spiced lamb, ground beef, or even crispy bacon bits.
For a sweeter variation, try adding some roasted sweet potato or butternut squash to the mix. Or, swap out the classic tahini sesame seed paste for something different like pumpkin seed butter or almond butter.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to variations and substitutions for this hummus recipe. Have fun experimenting with different flavors and textures until you find your perfect blend.
Serving and Pairing
After all the hard work you’ve put into creating this delicious Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts, it’s important to know how to properly serve and pair it.
When it comes to serving, there are various options you can choose from. You can spread the hummus onto a plate, and create a well in the center for a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Garnish the hummus with toasted pine nuts and a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper. You can also top the hummus with some warm spiced lamb or ground beef, and garnish with more pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, red pepper flakes, and chopped parsley.
Pairing with other foods is also key to make your dish stand out. The Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts goes perfectly as an appetizer or snack alongside fresh vegetables like cucumber slices, carrot sticks or cherry tomatoes. It also pairs well with chips or crackers.
If you’re looking for a more substantial meal pairing, some traditional dishes that are served in Middle Eastern cuisine like falafel, shawarma or kebabs would complement the Turkish style hummus nicely.
Now that you know the best ways to serve and pair your Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts, it’s time for you to experiment and indulge!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
If you’re planning on serving this scrumptious Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts at a party or gathering, preparing ahead of time is always a smart choice. Thankfully, this hummus can be made ahead of time and stored until you’re ready to serve it.
To make this hummus ahead of time, prepare the recipe as instructed, scoop the hummus into a serving dish, and then cover it with plastic wrap or an airtight lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days. Make sure to remove the hummus from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before serving for the best taste and consistency.
Reheating the hummus isn’t recommended since heating it will reduce its creamy texture and flavor intensity. However, if you do decide to reheat it, gently heat in a saucepan over medium-low heat while stirring continuously. Alternatively, you can microwave the hummus at 30-second intervals until warm.
Remember that this recipe is perfect for batch cooking, so why not double or triple the ingredients and store them in individual containers in the freezer? This way you’ll have pre-made servings of delicious Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts whenever you need them. Simply thaw it completely in your refrigerator overnight and top with fresh pine nuts and olive oil just before serving.
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve the perfect hummus with pine nuts Turkish-style recipe, follow these tips:
Firstly, use only fresh and high-quality ingredients. This is especially important for ingredients such as chickpeas, garlic, and tahini. Using premium quality ingredients will give you a superior final outcome.
Secondly, make sure to blend the chickpeas thoroughly. To achieve a creamy texture, blend the chickpeas in a food processor for at least two minutes or until smooth and creamy.
Thirdly, adjust the seasoning to your taste preference. Don’t be afraid to add more or less salt, cayenne pepper or other spices according to your liking. If you prefer a spicier version, add more cayenne pepper.
Fourthly, toast pine nuts before adding them to the hummus. Toasted pine nuts are more flavorful and aromatic and will add an extra layer of depth to your dish.
Fifthly, drizzle olive oil onto the hummus before serving. The olive oil will enhance the flavors of the hummus and give it a smooth finish. You can also sprinkle some fresh ground black pepper for an extra kick.
Lastly, make sure to properly store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. When reheating, add a little bit of water or lemon juice to retain its creaminess.
By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that your hummus with pine nuts Turkish-style recipe turns out perfectly every time.
As with any other recipe, there may be some questions that come up while making this hummus with pine nuts Turkish-style recipe. Don’t worry! In this section, I’ll answer the most frequently asked questions to help you achieve perfect results every time. So let’s get started!
What do Turkish people eat with hummus?
When enjoying hummus in Turkey, it is more common to have it as an appetizer or meze. Instead of being used as a dip or spread, it is generally spooned onto a plate and eaten with a fork.
What is Turkish hummus called?
While hummus is commonly associated with Antakya, those in the know actually favor the local specialty known as bakla. Bakla, a delicious dip made from a fava-like bean found only in the region, stands out with its notable use of garlic along with the usual lemon and tahini.
What is Turkish hummus made of?
One variation of hummus is the Turkish-style, which uses ingredients such as chickpeas, tahini, salt, cumin, fresh garlic cloves, olive oil, and lemon juice.
Is hummus with pine nuts good for you?
Hummus, a popular dip or spread, is typically comprised of chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and salt. Occasionally, additional ingredients, such as pine nuts or red pepper, are also incorporated. In comparison to mayonnaise-based dips, hummus is a healthier option as it contains protein and other beneficial nutrients.
In conclusion, this Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts recipe is a must-try for all hummus lovers out there. It’s a great way to elevate your basic hummus recipe and add some exciting new flavors to it. The combination of creamy chickpeas, nutty tahini, and the aromatic spice blend makes it a perfect appetizer or snack.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions to suit your taste buds. It’s also incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of foods such as warm pita bread, veggies, grilled meats or as a topping on grain bowls.
Whether you are looking to impress your guests at a dinner party or simply want a quick and easy snack, this Turkish-style hummus with pine nuts recipe is an excellent choice. So go ahead and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed. Happy cooking!
Hummus With Pine Nuts Turkish-Style Recipe
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (*reserve* some of the liquid)
- 3 -5 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed, lightly toasted then crushed with pestle and mortar
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 1/4 cup tahini
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup pine nuts (NO substitution)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Toast the cumin seeds and crush lightly.
- In a food processor or blender combine all the garbanzo bean puree ingredients. Blend until smooth; tasting and adding more lemon juice to preference. If too thick to process effectively, add some of the reserved garbanzo bean liquid, about 1 tablespoon at a time. Adjust other seasonings, too if necessary.
- Transfer hummus to serving bowl or platter.
- In a small saute pan, heat up the olive oil and saute the pine nuts over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until golden; stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn!
- Sprinkle pine nuts with the cayenne, and cook an additional 1-2 minutes; stirring often.
- Garnish the hummous with the pine nut mixture including any olive oil left in the pan. Serve with pita bread to scoop up the dip.