Caramelized Onion Hummus

How did I go for so long without knowing about this combo?  Caramelized onion hummus is my current food obsession.  My taste buds just go nuts for that sweet onion flavour that pops out.   Here’s my attempt at caramelized onion hummus.

Of course,  the main ingredients – chick peas and onion.IMG_7198

First, I caramelized the onions.  In a pan, I poured some olive oil and once the oil was heated, I placed the sliced onions in the pan and spread them out to form one layer.  It is important to let the onion sweat it out, only stirring occasionally so they do not stick to the pan and allow them to brown without burning.  I had the stove on medium low heat.  After about 40 minutes, I got a little impatient and took them off the heat.  They could have browned more, but for this time, it was enough.IMG_7199_Fotor_Collage

Once the onions were done, it was time to begin processing the chickpeas.  Using either a food processor or blender (I used a blender), I dumped in the chickpeas, about a cup of the chickpea liquid, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, sumac, lemon juice, half the onion and blended.  You can add more liquid or olive oil if you find your mixture a little thick.

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Now, you can blend everything to whatever consistency you want.  You like it on the chunky side don’t blend for too long.  If you like it smoother, add more liquid and blend away.  Garnish with the rest of onions and it is ready.

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One of my fave snacks and I made it myself! =)

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Sunday Chili

I made chili tonight. I have been slacking on home cooking lately. It did not help that I had been without power and water for a couple of days. I’m done eating canned food and take out, for a while.

Nothing complicated in making chili. It starts with some garlic.

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I chopped up some peppers and onions.

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I sautéed the garlic and onions in some olive oil and then added some ground beef. The beef was seasoned with garlic salt, pepper and paprika.

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Once the beef was browned, I added tomato paste and tomato sauce.

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To season further, I added some cumin and chili powder. Then I added some black beans.

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Last to be added was the peppers.

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I left it to simmer on low for about thirty minutes and then the chili was done!

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Lunch is served! =)

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