Sunday, April 22, 2007

Hummus Pizza

This is a completely non-traditional pizza with endless variations. I started making this on the weekends so that there was enough to time to make the pizza crust in the old bread machine; once that's done, the rest is easy.

1 pizza crust (if you have a bread machine or enjoy making this from scratch, the time spent is worth it)
1 batch hummus (see recipe below) or about 1 -1/2 c store bought
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 small heads broccoli, cut into small florets
2 c shredded colby jack cheese (any cheese would work--use what you like!)


2 cloves garlic
1 15-oz can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)
2 T tahini
1/4 c water
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
Whirl for a few seconds in a food processor until blended well.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone, spread hummus on it (easiest with a rubber spatula). Sprinkle freshly cracked black pepper over it, to taste. Arrange vegetables over the hummus, and top with cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let cool slightly...then slice and serve.

Leftovers rating: Medium/High. Just like any other pizza.

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