Good afternoon friends! I hope you are enjoying your weekends (or what’s left of them). With the grass growing and trees budding, it has been absolutely beautiful here in Colorado. I am so thankful for that. I’m almost as thankful for this weather as I am for this delicious roasted garlic hummus with crispy pastrami (which I will get into in a sec). Zach and I like to keep our weekends pretty low-key. On Fridays, we normally go out. This usually consists of a trip to a brewery followed by dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Saturdays are normally spent relaxing. We try not to do anything work-related. When Saturday night rolls around, we usually do a fun recipe(s) for date night-in. This usually consists of something that we would normally not eat during the week, like a piece of halibut in a thai broth (coming soon) or thinly sliced carpaccio with a 25-year aged balsamic vinegar and the best EVOO money can buy. As much as I love eating out, I cherish these Saturday nights more than anything in the world. It also helps in getting those creative juices flowing! This roasted garlic hummus with crispy pastrami was created during one of these much-loved date night-ins.
I love hummus. Regular hummus. Roasted red pepper hummus. Avocado hummus. Roasted garlic hummus. You name a style of hummus, and I’m pretty sure I’ve loved it at some point in my life. What I love most about hummus is how creative you can get with it. It is such a simple, blank canvas where you can put your special little touch on it.
As much as I love what goes into hummus, I love more what goes on top. I’m all about the garnish. I’m a firm believe that you eat with your eyes first, and I usually try to achieve some beauty in everything that I make. Some people tell me (you know who you are) that I go a little too crazy with garnish, but the fact is that I love color and texture and an abundance of flavor.
This roasted garlic hummus is just as it sounds: a simple roasted garlic hummus with a touch of cayenne pepper. It’s simple. It has totally been done over and over and over again, but this is where the fun begins: the toppings. This roasted garlic hummus is topped with some of our favorite ingredients: pastrami that has been crisped up in a hot pan, lightly toasted pine nuts, toasted sesame seeds and fresh parsley. A sprinkle of poppy seeds, a dash of crushed red pepper and a drizzle of addicting EVOO finish the entire thing off. Sometimes I even top it with sriracha, but I won’t hold it against you if you don’t. ;)
Yup. There are totally 7-8 garnishes for this roasted garlic hummus. I can feel you judging me. Don’t be afraid.
Pair this roasted garlic hummus with an IPA. I love the way an IPA highlights the heat in this must-make appetizer. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xo