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Re-posted with permission from The Right Recipe, this beautiful appetizer is simple and delish.

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Here’s a idea for the next time you need to throw together a quick appetizer. As you know, there are many different flavors of hummus available these days, but it’s so much fresher and tastier to add your own flavors to this extremely popular Middle Eastern dip.

In these photos I’ve spread about 1/2 inch of good quality hummus onto one of my cake stands then toped it with finely chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, fresh dill and crumbled feta cheese…a quick drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper and it’s ready to serve with crispy pita chips.

Other toppings that would be good:

pine nuts, basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley, roasted red peppers, pesto, artichoke hearts, caramelized onions, whole chickpeas, red pepper flakes, roasted garlic, minced jalapeno peppers, the possibilities are endless…

Since I was going for simplicity here, I used a store bought hummus.  It takes about 1 1/2 cups to spread across this regular sized cake stand.  These are my two favorite brands:

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Of course if you are feeding a big crowd, or simply have the time, you may want to make your own hummus which is quite easy with canned chickpeas, tahini and spices. Here’s a good one fromInspired Taste (hummus recipe).

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This bread is simple & very festive with a distinctive orange and cranberry flavor.

It freezes well. Maybe make two loaves to enjoy one now and to save one for a cold winter treat.

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan ( You can also use 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup whole wheat flour)

1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

dash salt

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 cup orange juice

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a loaf pan. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until combined. Add egg and beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until combined. (dough will appear very dry) Reduce speed to low; beat in orange juice. Fold in cranberries and walnuts. Spread batter in prepared pan, smoothing top. Bake about 50 minutes to 1 hour. (tent with foil usually after about 30 minutes to prevent top from browning too quickly) Cool in pan 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack or leave in pan to cool. Cool completely before slicing.

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Simple Naan Pizza

 

Ingredients:

Naan Bread (keep on hand in freezer)

Pizza Sauce

Mozzarella Cheese

Toppings of your choice

Seasonings

 

Directions: Place Naans on a baking sheet. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of pizza sauce on each Naan. Put on toppings, ending with cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. (I sometimes broil for only1 minute after it has baked 8-10 minutes) Slide onto a cutting board or plate. Top with seasonings, if desired. I use seasonings from Victoria Gourmet. (pizza seasoning or the Jalapeno Pepper Flakes)

 

 


This is a great time saver for a home school lunch. I can have it ready to bake in about five minutes.

 

 

It’s simple, quick, & nutritious.

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