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Hummus of all sorts is a regular weekly staple in my house. It's an easy and healthy snack, with some vegetables, while I cook dinner, and a tasty way to get in some extra fiber. When I have guests, it's a fixture on my appetizer table along with sliced carrots, cucumbers and pita chips. You're far more likely to encounter hummus at my parties than an onion dip.
Still, I almost always serve vegetarian based appetizers, with the hummus accompanied by vegetables and chips. There's no particular reason since none of my friends or family are vegetarians or vegans. But somehow I never think to add beef to the mix. The idea of beef over hummus is not new, though, and is actually quite a popular mezze on a Middle Eastern table. So, the other day, when I found myself with some ground beef in the house, I decided to cook up a spiced version of it and make some homemade hummus with plenty of tahini, just the way I like it. The warm, spiced beef with the creamy hummus was such a taste treat and will definitely be appearing at more of my parties from now on.
- For the Beef:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 onion (peeled and diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
- 2-4 tablespoons beef stock
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon baharat (adds a sweet smoky flavor)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
- For the Hummus:
- 1 1/2 cups canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
- 3 tablespoons sesame paste
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
To make the hummus, add the rinsed and drained chickpeas, sesame paste, peeled garlic cloves, lemon juice, water, salt and black pepper to a food processor. Puree until completely smooth and add any additional seasoning if needed. Note that the mixture will be quite loose but will firm up in the refrigerator while you make the beef.
Add the ground beef to a large skillet or cast iron pan along with the onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, dried oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and baharat. Saute, stirring often, until the meat browns and stir in the beef stock to moisten and bring the mixture together. Check the seasoning and serve warm over the hummus with pita bread on the side.