Roasted Jalapeño & Honey Hummus

Holy Hummus.

I think I’ve discovered my favorite snack, like… ever.

This stuff is legit.

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Don’t get me wrong, my other hummus recipes are awesome.  I love making this stuff from scratch.  It’s so easy and I love being able to customize the flavors.  This recipe puts all others to shame.  It’s just so-freakin-awesome.

The idea for this hummus recipe came from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Jessica, from How Sweet It Is.  Not only do I love reading her hilarious stories, Jessica has just the best recipes.  Her pictures are amazing too.  I knew I had to try this recipe out when I read it a week or two ago.  I love roasting peppers and adding honey to hummus was something I had never even heard of.  I’m all in.

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Roasted Jalapeño & Honey Hummus

Ingredients:

1-4 Jalapeño Peppers, roasted*

2 cans Chickpeas, drained, reserving liquid

1/4 cup Tahini

1/4 cup Honey

1/4 cup Olive Oil

2 cloves Garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 teaspoon Cumin

1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Directions:

*To roast the jalapeños, you can hold them with heat-safe tongs over a gas range, or you can roast them in the oven (what I do) on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Roast at 400 checking/flipping every 5-10 minutes or so, until the peppers are soft and browning.  I used 4 peppers with seeds.  Use one at a time, tasting to see how spicy it is.  Dave and I love spicy food, this is about average spice for us.  Remove the seeds if you don’t like spice at all.*

1.  Add the chickpeas, jalapeño, and garlic to the food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped.  

2.  Add in the tahini, honey, and all four spices and continue to blend, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.  With the processor turned on, slowly stream about half of the olive oil into the hummus.  Depending on how you like the consistency, add in a few tablespoons of the bean “juice” (from draining the chickpeas).  Keep processing until you get the desired consistency, adding bean juice or oil as you go.  I stop and taste often.  Serve with chips, cucumber slices, carrots, or spread on a sandwich!  MMM!

Recipe adapted from:  How Sweet It Is

Ready to whirl!

Ready to whirl!

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So while these pics might look like any old hummus… I promise you, this stuff is special.  Try it out!

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Or… try another one of my favorite dips!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Falafel-Crusted Chicken w/ Hummus-Slaw Pitas

Life would be so much easier if I had three sous chefs helping me cook dinner every night.  Is that so much to ask for people?
Last week, Dave and I cooked up a delicious new dinner with our friends  Dave and Betsy.  (I do have to mention that they are actually Dave & Elizabeth just like we are… weird!) They are foodies just like us and we absolutely love trying new things with them (Check out our spectacular meal at Modo Mio).  I was happy to have lots of help in the kitchen- especially since the other Dave was the only one who could find the Falafel mix we needed!  You may have to visit more than one grocery store like we did, just a heads up.
This recipe was so tasty and really different than anything else I’ve tried before.  It could also be easily made and put over a bed of lettuce as a salad or stuffed into a wrap too!

Falafel-Crusted Chicken w/ Hummus-Slaw Pitas​

Ingredients:
Cooking spray
2 packages of Chicken Breast Tenders (pre-cut saves time and is inexpensive!)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup falafel mix (We used Casbah brand)
4 whole-wheat pitas, halved
1/4 cup Hummus (I made some homemade real quick first, but you can use store-bought if you want!)
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 Tablespoon Sriracha
1 package shredded coleslaw mix
6 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
Sea Salt and Black Pepper

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Directions
1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a foil-lined backing sheet with cooking spray. Toss the chicken with the olive oil in a large bowl, then add the falafel mix and toss to coat. (It will stick, I promise!) Arrange the chicken on the baking sheet and bake until golden and cooked through, about 10 minutes. While the chicken is baking, stack the pita halves and wrap them in foil; warm in the oven, about 5 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, mix the hummus, lemon zest and juice, Sriracha and 3 tablespoons water in a large bowl. Remove 2 tablespoons of the hummus sauce and reserve. Add the coleslaw mix, radishes and parsley to the remaining hummus sauce and toss. Season with salt and pepper.  Add more Hummus, seasoning, or Sriracha to taste.  (This part was Dave’s job so I’m sure a little extra Sriracha slipped in! 😉 )

3.  Stick some slaw, two chicken tenders, and a drizzle of the reserved sauce into a pita and serve warm.

Recipe slightly adapted from:  Food Network Magazine
I couldn't believe how evenly the falafel mix coated the chicken without any egg!

I couldn’t believe how evenly the falafel mix coated the chicken without any egg!

Slaw it up!

Slaw it up!

Ready to eat... nom nom

Ready to eat… nom nom

Delish!  We made some simple sauteed zucchini and onion on the side.

Delish! We made some simple sauteed zucchini and onion on the side.

Miss Stelly lookin' pretty as usual

Miss Stelly lookin’ pretty as usual

Alyan’s Restaurant

I don’t know who Alyan is, but I love him.  Or her.  

One of our apartment hunting days brought us to South Street in Philadelphia.  We were intriuged when we walked by Alyan’s Restaurant, boasting a neon “Best Falafel in Philly” sign.  Show me what you got, Alyan’s.

We were the only people in the tiny restaurant, and were seated in the back “green” room.  While Robert Irvine would throw a fit at the dusty hanging plants, it was nice to have some natural skylight from the ceiling.

After a quick Yelp hunt, I decided to start off with the Mint Iced Tea- which was fabulous.  We also got a small order of their fries, which were served piping hot.  They had hot peppers and onions mixed into it, which personally I could have done with a lot more of them… but they were really tasty and definitely “real” fries… not frozen.

Love me some fries.

I ordered the Falafel Sandwich w/ Hummus- someone had to try it!  It was SOOOOOO GOOD.  The Falafel was shoved into a fresh pita with some lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and slathered with hummus.

MMM!

Look. at. THAT!

 

Dave ordered the Shawarma Sandwich (our favorite thing ever since Israel) with all the fixins as well.

Both sandwiches were sooo good

For everything, the total $18.  Like… really?!  I want to move to South Street now and eat here everyday!  The food was awesome, and at $6 average sandwich cost- they give you a TON of food.  We were full for the rest of the day and didn’t even end up going to the dinner plans we had!