• Hummus with Caramelized Onions and Portobello Mushrooms

    by Dorothy Reinhold on May 24, 2013


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    As we come upon this long holiday weekend, what do we most need?

    Without a doubt, we all need dips.

    Whether for a party, potluck, beach day or simply hanging around appreciating your life, a well-made dip should serve you in good stead.

    This one gets a head start with purchased hummus, available at most grocery stores, but we amp it up with a few special aromatics. They take it over the top to make a memorable appetizer worthy of your friends, family and the holiday.

    Fiona Afshar teaches Hummus with Caramelized Onion and Portobello on Shockingly DeliciousThe dip recipe comes to us from Fiona Afshar, a talented cook from Malibu. She taught a Persian cooking class recently at her lovely home, and I was lucky enough to attend and watch the magic in her kitchen. A natural cook, she stirs with a smile on her face, encouragement to her students to enjoy the process, and she visibly enjoys sharing the special flavors and culinary techniques of her culture.

    I learned that hummus, already a treat all by itself, can ascend to a simply sublime appetizer with just a few Fiona tricks.

    Lucky us, she’s willing to share.

    Recipe: Hummus with Caramelized Onions and Portobello Mushrooms

    Hummus with Caramelized Onion and Portobello on Shockingly DeliciousSummary: Purchased hummus gets the treatment from a few aromatics, which takes it to an astral plane of deliciousness.

    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 large or 2 small Portobello mushrooms, chopped into small pieces
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • 1 (16-ounce) container plain hummus (she uses Trader Joe’s brand)
    • Garnish: drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, an extra sprinkle of cumin and cayenne for the top

    Instructions

    1. Hummus with Caramelized Onion and Portobello on Shockingly DeliciousHeat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and sauté over medium heat until they begin to soften and brown slightly, 7-10 minutes.
    2. Add the mushrooms, garlic, cumin and cayenne and sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
    3. Hummus with Caramelized Onion and Portobello on Shockingly DeliciousRemove from heat and allow mixture to cool. You can speed this up by turning the mixture out into a wide bowl, which gives it a larger surface area from which to throw off heat.
    4. When cool, mix onion-mushroom mixture into prepared hummus. Place into a pretty bowl for serving, drizzle top with olive oil and dust with additional cayenne and cumin.
    5. Serve with flatbread, pita bread cut into pieces, or baguette slices.
    6. Serves 6-8. (Or serves 2 girlfriends if they are sharing a bottle of wine!)

    Source

    Recipe by Fiona Afshar.

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 15 minutes
    Diet type: Vegetarian, vegan
    Diet tags: Gluten free
    Number of servings (yield): 6-8
    Culinary tradition: Persian
    My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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