I am an absolute fan of Mediterranean food.
I am crazy about anything that has to do with Greece and I will do anything at home to remind me of the warm and long sunny days spent traveling around the Greek Islands.
With that in mind, I wanted something spreadable and looked at whatever I had in my kitchen to recreate those mouth-watering flavours that reminded me of holiday. So, I had some chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes and some Kalamata olives I had gotten from the local grocery and decided to do something with them. What a brilliant idea this was. Kalamata olives are just one of my favourites – and everyone loves them at home. Native to Greece, Kalamata olives are dark and rich and can be eaten plain or chopped up to be used in a dish.
But you’ll probably think: “Can I use any other olives?” The answer is – ‘Yes, you can’. But Kalamata olives are made from fully ripe olives, in Kalamata region, in Greece and are rich in healthy fats, containing a natural antioxidant. Like any other olives, Kalamatas are a good source of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K, given its small serving size. Kalamata olives also provide some magnesium, phosphorous and potassium per serving as well as B vitamins. So yes, you can use any other olives but make sure you pick some strong flavoured ones for this dish, otherwise you will only taste the tomatoes.
It has quite a strong flavour but its incredible tasty and creamy.
Hope you’ll like it as much as we did – my husband loved it and said it was the best hummus he had ever tried.
- 280g of chickpeas
- 2 to 3 tbsp. of olive oil
- 2-4 tbsp. of water (depending on how creamy you like it)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. of tahini
- 1 tsp. of cumin
- salt to taste
- 100grs of sundried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives (and a few more for garnish)
- Simply mix all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth: First, blend the chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, water tahini and spices. Then once that is creamy and well blended add the remaining ingredients. It is as simple as this.
- Serve with some carrots, celery and cucumber sticks.
- To help set up the mood, serve with some gyros bread, some crudités and get the Zorbas song playing really loud (careful with ‘excitement levels’ as this may upset surrounding neighbours!!)