Hummus Pizza

Hummus Pizza

Did you guys know that hummus makes an awesome alternative to pizza sauce? I used it on pizza at a recent pizza party, and a few people even called it the best pizza there! I decided not to get weird with the flavors like I did yesterday, instead I just topped the pizza with some of hummus’s best friends. Friends like feta, olives, kofta, and tzatziki.

Hummus

Hummus

Welcome to hummus week! Every day this week I’m gonna be blasting you guys with new and awesome hummus recipes! Hummus week is brought to you by Sabra. I was recently lucky enough to take a trip to their hummus factory and spent an awesome day meeting new and old friends and learning about hummus. If you want to know more about the trip itself, Nick at Macheesmo (who I met IRL for the first time after being e-friends for over 4 years!) captured it pretty well here.

I couldn’t start hummus week though without actually making a batch from scratch. I’ll tell you guys a few things about making hummus from scratch. The good news is it is crazy cheap and crazy delicious. You can make a decently large batch and split it to make a few different flavors, and it keeps really well. The bad news is it’s a real pain to make and in the end the hummus from Sabra is better anyways. That being said, I had fun making it, and when I say from scratch, I mean super scratch, like making the tahini paste and everything!

Chicken Gyro

Chicken Gyro

The word gyro actually refers to the way the meat is cooked on the vertical rotisserie and sliced into thin strips. In most places in the US however, it refers to the pita rollup the meat is served to you on, and the other fillings inside. This sandwich can’t traditionally be called a gyro because it is made with chicken, but I just love how the mild flavor of the chicken contrasts with the sharpness of the cheese and olives. We decided to make these when Mandi was craving olives and feta, but didn’t know what she wanted them with. We had just made naan and loved it and wanted to make it again, and that’s when I realized the naan is very similar to the Greek flatbread the gyro is served on. I loved the way these came out and the taste instantly reminded me of my first taste of a gyro not too long ago. At my last job, Mike, Bill and I would start looking forward to lunch at 9:15 AM. When we finally got lunch we would eat so much that we would often be in a food coma from 12:45 – 3 (I always wonder why that job didn’t work out in the end…) One of our favorite stops was Steve’s Greek on Newbury St. in Boston where I would get a gyro and onion rings.