Some of you know I’m on hiatus back in the homeland. I had seen Sarah’s during my Thanksgiving stay but with all the food to be eaten, I avoided eating out much. But I got my chance this time. My cousin and I couldn’t decide between boiled seafood and “something else” but since we couldn’t find many restaurants that served boiled seafood for lunch, we went with “something else.”
Remember my Mediterranean spiel? I absolutely love this cuisine. The chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, olive oil, pita bread and extreme use of tomatoes and cucumbers just makes my tummy soooooo happy.
I know that there are tons of hummus recipes out there and everyone’s got their favorite or their idea of a better idea so I’m gonna go with Miss Ina Garten.
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and liquid reserved
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons water or liquid from chickpeas
- 8 dashes hot sauce (I would probably leave this out)
Turn on the food processor fitted with the steel blade and drop the garlic down the feed tube; process until minced. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste, for seasoning, and serve chilled or at room temperature.
I like to serve it with pita or raw carrots and cucumbers. Broccoli works great as well.
I love falafel. More chickpeas and garlic and onion and parsley. Can it get any better? I’ll skip trying to find the best falafel recipe. Personally, I would find someone of Middle-Eastern descent and pick their brain.
If you have any great Mediterranean recipes, please share!
*Sarah’s Mediterranean Cuisine, 1420 West Tunnel Blvd, Houma, LA