Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fresh Oregano-Basil Hummus

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of oregano is the power omelets my dad used to make growing up. First thing in the morning he would be frying red onion with profuse amounts of olive oil and boatloads of dried oregano sometimes adding basturma if he could find it, eggs and big hunks of feta. Then he would top would more oregano and olive oil. In the end, it was basically an oregano omelet. 


I didn't discover other herbs like basil until my mid 20s, since then forgetting about ol oregano. 

I decided to bring the spicy, bold herb back, combining it with a sweeter and smoother basil in dip form. It turns out Oregon oregano is super mild, especially compared to Greek oregano. Almost the entire bunch of oregano was used for this batch of hummus, which seems like a lot but the herb was just that mellow. Overall, I really enjoyed the aromatic qualities of this hummus, plus I am sick of all the boring store-made flavors :-) This hummus was consumed with freshly made whole wheat pitas and beer braised lamb that Andy made. *delicious*

Fresh Oregano-Basil Hummus

  • 2 cups of chickpeas (I prefer mine from scratch but you can use one 16 oz can in a jiffy)
  • Reserved bean liqueur from boiling or can
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh oregano leaves (use more/less depending on strength) reserving a few leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon or less of salt

In a mini food processor blend garlic, herbs, tahini, olive oil, salt and lemon juice until fairly smooth. Add chickpeas and continue to pulse until smooth, adding extra bean liqueur until the desired consistency is reached.  Serve in a bowl, drizzle with extra olive oil and garnish with oregano. 


Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Now this is original Anna! Again your creativity shines. This would be wonderful on a whole heap of dishes.

My Little Expat Kitchen said...

I love this idea Anna of using oregano in hummus.. Greek oregano is the best isn't it? I always bring with me from Greece A LOT because I'm scared I'll run out of the stuff.

mangocheeks said...

Is it Friday night, nevermind, just pass me a bowl of this good green stuff - I wanna dip some hunks of bread in this.

I've not had Greek oregano, but when I was in Cyprus, I did bring back a good bundle of Cypriot oregano with me once. It was the best.

Anna A. said...

Peter - Aw thanks :-)

Magda - It is! I need a refill, badly. Maybe I need to just grow my own ;-)

Mangocheeks - I've never had Cypriot oregano but I bet it's amazing. Hummus on a Friday night sounds about right.

Peter M said...

This dip is reminiscent in looks to a guac..creamy!

Fresh oregano is also milder than the dried stueff we're used to using but I love using both!

Mary said...

I have to give this a try. I'm in the mood for a dip with different flavors and yours really appeals to me. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

JustinM said...

I am not a big fan of hummus but I would absolutely try this.

Lenia said...

What an excellent dip!I ll give it a try!Kisses,Annoula!

Ivy said...

This is very creative Anna and surely would love to try it.

Anna A. said...

Peter - Oregano guac comes next... good one

Mary - I hope you do - you'll have to let me know!

JustinM - More for me then. #winning

Lenia - Thanks lady!

Ivy - I've got to ask, is it true what they say about Cypriot oregano?

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

oregano is definitely my dried herb of choice love it in practically everything! this hummus sounds perfect!

Helen said...

That hummus is a beautiful colour! I brought back several bags of Greek oregano with me. Too bad you weren't my neighbour - I'd definitely share. I know what you mean about getting tired of the store made hummus flavours. Have you ever tried oregano sprinkled on home made fries? It may not sound like much but in my world, it's a winner!

Anna A. said...

Natassia - I need to start using more dried O. It's powerful stuff!

Helen - The only time I've had home made fries was in Greece, made by Aunt Mary, and she def sprinkled some green goodness on top - delish! Did you see the oregano potato chips in Greece? Why aren't I your neighbor?!!