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Hummus and Flatbread with Cucumber-Yogurt Salad

If anyone out there has a fantastic recipe for hummus, please share. I don’t know what we did wrong, but our hummus was not good. It had almost a burnt-rubber aftertaste. Not so much when eaten on the flatbread (which is delicious), but by itself, uck.

Therefore, I shall not post the burnt-rubber hummus recipe. We’re going to keep trying with that, and post once we get a good one. The rest of this dish is worth making, however, and shall be posted!

For the flatbread, our grill-less selves baked it in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until it seemed cooked through, then quickly grilled it on a cast-iron grill pan. Not sure if it did anything more than leave pretty grill marks, but that’s worth it in my mind!

Hummus and Flatbread with Cucumber-Yogurt Salad
Grilled Flatbread and Cucumber-Yogurt Salad

Makes 4-6 servings. Recipe from Bobby Flay.

1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons green olive oil, plus more for brushing
Salt and pepper

Cucumber-Yogurt Salad:
2 cucumbers, peeled and coarsely grated
8 ounces plain yogurt, drained through a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 1 hour
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Dill sprigs

Mix water and yeast and let stand 15 minutes. Gradually pour in 2 cups of the flour and incorporate. Mix for about 1 minute to form a sponge. Let stand, covered for at least 1 hour up to 2 hours to create the sponge.

Put sponge in the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the dough hook, add flour 1/2 cup at a time to form dough. Remove from bowl and knead. Place in a clean oiled bowl and let rise, slowly, about 1 hour. Divide dough into 4 balls. Roll out into 6-inch circles.

Heat grill to high. Brush the dough with olive oil and season with pepper. Grill the bread for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and brush with more olive oil.

Cucumber-Yogurt Salad:
Combine shredded cucumbers, yogurt, garlic, cumin, and chopped dill in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs.

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  1. Spicy Hummus recipe (courtesy of Rachel Ray,

    1 (14.5 ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
    2 rounded tablespoons tahini sesame paste, found in both dairy and dry specialty foods sections
    A drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
    1 teaspoon (1/3 palm full) ground cumin
    1 teaspoon (1/3 palm full) ground coriander
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    Coarse salt
    1/2 lemon, juiced

    Combine all in food processor.

    This recipe definitely has a spicy aftertaste (I just made a batch), but otherwise turns out with a good taste and texture. I might use fewer red pepper flakes next time. Love your blog!

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