House Sharing Recipe - Hummus with Spiced Lamb

With the new term kicking in, and autumn days upon us, we thought we’d share something to warm the cockles. This is a great recipe for parties, or perfect sharing food for a night in on the sofa with your house mates in front of Netflix – it’s a treat! An even quicker way of making it is just to get supermarket hummus instead of making it yourself – way quicker and still really tasty #yum

HUMMUS WITH SPICED LAMB
Spiced Lamb
• 250g/8oz ground lamb (mince)
• ½ brown onion, finely diced
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• ½ tsp cumin powder
• ½ tsp coriander powder
• ½ tsp paprika powder
• ⅛ tsp cinnamon powder
• ¼ tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp salt
Hummus
• 400g/15oz tin chickpeas, drained
• ¼ cup water
• 1 garlic clove
• Juice of ½ a small lemon
• 2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• Salt and pepper
Garnishes
• 1 tbsp pine nuts
• 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
• Extra virgin olive oil (for drizzling)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place a pan over medium high heat. Add pine nuts and toast until golden. Remove pine nuts from pan and set aside.
Lamb mince
1. Return pan to stove (still on medium high heat) and add olive oil.
2. Add onion and cook until translucent (2 minutes). Then turn up the heat to high, add mince, spices and salt. Cook, breaking up the mince into small pieces, until browned and cooked through (3 minutes).
3. Set aside and cover so it doesn’t dry out. Bring it to room temperature.
Hummus
1. Place all ingredients except salt in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
2. Taste before adding salt and pepper. Different brands of chick peas have different levels of saltiness. Also adjust acidity with lemon juice, if required.
3. Use water to adjust the consistency to a tomato sauce (ketchup) like consistency. This consistency is “proper” hummus. In the Middle East, hummus is not the thick consistency that is typical of store bought hummus in Western countries, it is thinner.
Assemble
1. Spread hummus on a plate, using the back of a spoon to create “swirls”.
2. Top with lamb mince, scatter over the pine nuts and sprinkle with parsley. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
3. Serve with warm pita bread, chopped cucumber, chopped tomatoes, drizzled olive oil and parsley.


Also published on Medium.