Cucumber Rounds with Hummus & Yogurt

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Submitted by Jollygrinch

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Ever been in the situation where your boss is coming over to dinner and getting that big promotion is contingent on showing he and his wife a good time? No? Neither have I, but it's still a good idea to know how to make a nice appetizer to keep your guests happy while whatever you're burning in the kitchen stops smoldering.

Let's make this:

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Here's what we'll need to do it:

Ingredients

  • 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. tahini
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Kosher or other large crystal/flake salt
  • 1 large seedless cucumber
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. toasted sesame seeds
  • Here's what all that looks like set out on my cutting board, minus the cumin because I'm a jerk and forgot to set it out.

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Method

  • If that looks like more than one clove of garlic to you, you're right. It's three. If my wife weren't going to eat this too there'd be even more, I can't get enough garlic. The recipe calls for 1, adjust as you will.
  • Good? Good. Toss the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, cumin, ~ 1/4 tsp salt and 2 Tbs. water in a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth.
  • It'll look about like this, don't forget to scrape down the sides with a rubber spat.

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  • Now then, back to the cucumber. Wash it and hack off the ends so it's all about the same diameter. Run a peeler down it, skipping spaces to create a striped pattern, like this:

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  • Alright, good so far. Now slice the cucumber into 1/4 inch slices, or thinner.

Serving

Take a small spoon, melon baller, mini-scoop or whatever and put a little hummus on each cucumber slice.

  • When you're done with that, take the back side of your scoop or whatever and flatten the hummus just a little. Now go back and put an even smaller amount of the yogurt on top of the hummus. Then sprinkle the whole thing with your toasted sesame seeds.
  • Plate and serve, again, they look something like this:

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