16 January 2004

Recipe for Annie's 60's Tea Party

Aleppo Pepper. It's Syrian, not Turkish. The spice man was wrong!

The City of Aleppo, located in Northern Syria, is considered by many as the Mecca of Middle Eastern cooking. The ground red pepper from Aleppo is coarse, gritty, dark red, earthy, robust, and mildly hot. This pepper is used in most Syrian dishes, especially soups, salads, and fish.

Hummus recipe:

14 Oz can Chick Peas
juice of 1 large lemon
6 tbsp tahini (roasted, if you can find it)
4 tbsp Olive Oil (Extra Virgin only)
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder (1.5 tsp w/o the Aleppo)
1 tsp Aleppo Pepper

Drain peas, reserve some of the liquid. Process chick peas, gradually adding the reserve liquid & lemon juice. Until smooth, like really thick pudding!

Mix in tahini & 1/2 of the olive oil. Add the garlic, cayenne, half of the Aleppo, and salt/pepper to taste. If you have it, garnish with the remaining Aleppo and olive oil. You can even add some chopped cilantro, if ya like that thing.

Chill it for 15 min.

Damn it, now I am hungry. :D

Feel free to double the recipe. But make it twice... unless you have a 25 cup food processor.


handrail said...

mmm....arab-tastic.thankx wb!!!11

wb said...

How was the hummus?

handrail said...

it was fantastic my man. i added some fresh red bell peppers and that really did it. made 2 cans worth and we are still eatin' it. now everything smells like tahini.rockin' hummus.