While on vacation up in Ohio, my friends and I decided to take all 8 of our kids to the drive-in movie theater. Even though we packed all kinds of snacks and drinks, the kids still wanted to go to the refreshment stand. Surprise! Surprise!
When I was younger there wasn't too much of a variety at the refreshment stand. The usual popcorn, hot dogs, and maybe a corn dog if you were lucky. Nowadays they have all manner of things: pizza, meatball subs, cheeseburgers, jalapeno poppers, deep-fried macaroni and cheese, nachos, chicken tenders, hot dogs, soft pretzels, and wait for it.......they even have hummus served with pretzel chips! I admit, even I had to laugh when I spotted that hummus. It hardly seems like drive-in food, but I had to have it. Hummus is one of my all-time favorite things to eat.
So there I am, walking back to my friends with my goods. I have a soft pretzel for my daughter, some fries for my son, an order of deep-fried macaroni and cheese to share, and an order of hummus with pretzels chips just for me. Let me just go ahead and say right now that I'm probably never going to live down that hummus. My friends thought it was hysterical that I ordered it and they gave me the hardest time. In fact, they're still joking about it. They were like "who eats hummus at the drive-in?" Apparently I do and I would again. I would eat it wherever, whenever, with whoever. I would probably eat it everyday if I could.
Smashed Spiced Chickpeas
*aka chunky hummus*
Adapted from The Naked Chef Takes Off
Serves 6 - yeah right!
One 14 oz. can of chickpeas or use 6 oz dried ones, soaked and cooked until tender
a good pinch of cumin seeds, pounded
1-2 small dried red chiles, crumbled
1 clove of garlic peeled and pounded to a paste (I used 3 cloves)
juice of 1 lemon (I used juice of half a lemon)
salt and black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
Jamie says "This is so simple to make. Really it's all about personal taste - the way I look at it is that chickpeas need a good kick up the backside to really get their flavors happening. So by smashing them up and adding a good pinch of cumin for a bit of spice, a little dried chilli for a touch of heat, garlic for a bit of ooorrrggghhh, a good squeezing of lemon juice to give it a twang and seasoning to taste, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. Then add extra-virgin olive oil to loosen and flavor. Love it. "
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