Saturday, March 8, 2014

Hummus - Pine Nuts & Spiced Beef or Turkey

Prep / Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes   plus  overnight  soaking      Servings : 2 cups

The unexpected topping of sautéed ground beef and pine nuts adds texture and deep flavor to this extra-creamy chickpea spread.

1               cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, drained and rinsed
**Kosher salt**
2              tablespoons tahini
2              tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
              **Freshly ground pepper**
1             garlic clove, crushed
2             tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1             tablespoon pine nuts
3             ounces lean ground beef  (ground turkey)
               **Pinch of ground allspice**
               **Paprika, for dusting**

1 .       In a medium saucepan, cover the chickpeas with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and simmer over moderately low heat until the chickpeas are tender, 45 minutes; add more water as needed to keep them covered; drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking liquid.
2 .       In a food processor, puree the chickpeas with the reserved cooking liquid, tahini, lemon juice and garlic until very smooth. Season the hummus with salt and pepper, then scrape it into a shallow bowl.
3 .       In a small skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the pine nuts and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pine nuts to paper towels.
4 .        Add the ground beef to the skillet and season with salt, pepper and the allspice. Cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to paper towels. Spoon the meat and pine nuts onto the hummus, drizzle with the olive oil and dust with paprika.

 The hummus can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Juicy Spanish Garnacha blend.


  1. This sounds very flavorful, Nee. I must confess, though, that I would probably use canned beans.:-) Thank you for sharing.

  2. Hi Nellie , I also have to confess , I use can beans in this recipe , different taste but just as good . Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Love hummus. This is such a beautiful and yummy recipe. :)

    1. Hi Amy , if you love hummus , you will love this dish . Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Have I ever told you how much I adore hummus, Nee? I LOVE the stuff!!! I even stir it into soups if have any hanging out in the fridge. (I usually don't:) I'd love to try making it with dry chickpeas. When I was a child we use to go to a store that sold barrels of dry chickpeas. My sister and I would always have a contest to see who could crack one first. They didn't crack easily. (I haven't tried in a while so it could have been because we were so little:) You have not only scratched hummus up, you've dressed it in yumminess too!!! Thank you so much for sharing, Nee...

    1. Howdy Louise , I love hummus , I also love it in soup , you know I don't have any leftover soup . Heck , if I have anything left over , it would a surprise (unless it's ham or turkey ) ;-D . we have a country store about 30 miles from my home , they have chickpeas , I buy some , my baby boy is a whiz at cracking chickpeas . When I buy them we hid the hammer . I only use beef in mine , but said you can also use ground turkey . Lot of people don't eat much beef . Thank you dear Louise for stopping by , glad to have you home :) .

      PS: I been sorta good .

    2. Giggling my butt off . If I be too good , you and Gil wouldn't find me interesting . Oh lordy what mischief I can get into . I do need to send you an email to let you know what I can and did get into while you was off junketing . ;-D

  5. Hi Nee, Wonderful post and recipe. I enjoy Humums, but your recipe sounds delicious. I have to try this one. So yummy and very healthy as well. Thanks for sharing! Blessing for a great Monday..Dottie :)

    1. Hi Dottie , thank you and glad you like the recipe . I think you may like it if you like hummus , you can use ground turkey instead of beef . Thank you for stopping by and a blessed Monday to you and the whole year ...NEE ;-D


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