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Hummus bil Shatta

Enjoy the bold Palestinian flavors in this take on a traditional hummus, with just enough spice and sweetness in every bite.

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Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) aquafaba, reserved from chickpeas
  • 2 small lemons, halved, peeled, roasted
  • 2 small garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, optional
  • 6 Tablespoons (36 g) sesame seeds, toasted
  • 3 (2, 15oz cans) cups (500 g) canned chickpeas, reserve 1 cup of liquid

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. With a peeler or paring knife, remove the peel and white pith from the lemon, leaving just the flesh. Place the peeled lemon halves on a parchment-lined sheet tray and roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until tender.
  2. For the Shatta, place stemmed fresno chilis into the Vitamix container and secure the lid.
  3. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then increase to Variable 4. Blend for 30-45 seconds, using the tamper to press the ingredients toward the blades, until a chunky pepper mash is formed.

Shatta

Ingredients

  • ½ pound (227 g) fresno chili, about 15, stemmed
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon ground sumac, dried

Directions

  1. While blender is running, add the remaining Shatta ingredients through the lid plug opening, then blend for an additional 15 seconds until mixture is combined. Set 2 tablespoons of the mixture aside for the recipe, and reserve the rest in the refrigerator.
  2. For the hummus, place all ingredients except reserved Shatta into the container in the order listed.
  3. Start the machine on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to its highest speed. Blend for 45 seconds, using the tamper to press ingredients toward the blades, or up to 2 minutes for a bolder, creamier hummus.
  4. Once hummus is blended, lower the speed to Variable 6 and add the reserved Shatta through the lid plug opening. Blend for an additional 10-15 seconds until combined.
  5. Serve immediately with fresh vegetables, grilled tomato slices, or Naan bread. Garnish the hummus with additional sumac, Shatta, and chopped parsley if desired.

Chef's Notes

This recipe is a perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy, with the use of roasted lemon, sumac and spicy Shatta. If desired, water may be substituted for aquafaba. Salt and oil are helpful in carrying the spicy flavor of the Shatta without it being overwhelming, but this recipe will work without them.

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