I had to work a bit today, so I didn't have times to make anything elaborate for the picnic (nor should picnic food BE elaborate, but I digress). I pulled together some hummus featuring the harissa I made yesterday.
Harissa Hummus (makes about 2 cups)
- 1 can chick peas, drained (~15 oz )
- 1 heaping Tbsp tahini
- juice of 1 lemon
- zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp toasted cumin seeds, ground
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp harissa (or more, or less)
2. Taste, add additional seasonings if needed, add harissa. Blend again. Taste, adjust again as needed.
Kitchen Notes: Don't try making this hummus without the harissa. It's too bland by itself, but well seasoned with it. For me, this hummus was initially very hot. When I served it later, it had mellowed significantly. If not serving immediately, taste again to ensure additional harissa is not needed.
Verdict? A yummy, spicy hummus. For this however, I wish I had a milder version of the harissa. This hummus is very good, but it more or less tastes like spicy hummus, it doesn't have a lot of the harissa flavor. A milder harissa would really transform the hummus into something a bit more unique.