Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich Recipes

I’ve been following my “30 before 30” goal of trying a brand new recipe every month, no matter how simple they may be. This week I decided to splurge on a mini food processor so we could indulge in freshly-made hummus, pestos and other delights. Pete seemed to like it (hopefully he’s not just being nice and excusing himself from the table to spit it into a napkin), so I am a pleased lady. I am trying to cocoa butter my hands to death to get rid of the garlic smell, but alas, I could still keep vampires at a far distance if needed.

With the homemade hummus I made a simple cucumber sandwich, which was absolutely delicious! Below are the recipes that I stole from people who are much smarter than me in the kitchen.

Hummus Recipe

4 garlic cloves, minced and then mashed
2 15-oz cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
2/3 cup of tahini (roasted, not raw)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Pine nuts (toasted) and parsley (chopped) for garnish

1. In a food processor, combine the mashed garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, and olive oil. Process until smooth. Add salt, starting at a half a teaspoon, to taste.
2. Spoon into serving dish and sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley.
Serve with crackers, raw dip vegetables such as carrots or celery, or with pita bread. You can cut the pita bread into thin triangles, brush with olive oil and toast for 10 minutes in a 400°F oven to make pita chips with which to serve the hummus.
Makes about 3 cups.

Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

2 thick slices whole wheat bread
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
6 slices cucumber
2 tablespoons alfalfa sprouts
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tomato, sliced
1 leaf lettuce
1 ounce pepperoncini, sliced
1/2 avocado, mashed

1. Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon cream cheese. On one slice of bread, arrange cucumber slices in a single layer. Cover with sprouts, then sprinkle with oil and vinegar. Layer tomato slices, lettuce, and pepperoncini. Spread other slice of bread with mashed avocado. Close sandwich and serve immediately.