When the weather gets hot in Portland this time of year, one of my go-to meals is mezze. If you’re not familiar with mezze, it’s a combination of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern foods that can be served before a big meal or, in my case, in lieu of a traditional meal. Typical foods include hummus, pita bread, falafel, Babaghanoush, tabbouleh, feta, tomatoes, and olives to name just a few. I usually include hummus, pita bread, falafel, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, Tzatziki and olives. I put out a big spread and we just eat until we’re full. It’s beautiful because most of these things take no preparation and keep you from slaving over a hot stove. We have some great recipes for a few of these items on our site and we’ve included an easy-peasy hummus recipe below. Find more ideas for what to serve in your mezza here.
- 4 cups canned or cooked Garbanzo Beans
- 1 cup Tahini
- 4 Lemons, juiced
- 4 cloves Garlic, mashed
- 4 tsp Cumin
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
In a food processor, add the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and cumin. Process to combine well. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the food processor, making the mixture creamy. Add the salt. If you would like the hummus creamier add more olive oil, reserved bean liquid, or water a tablespoon at a time while the food processor is running. Makes approximately 4 cups.