I was bored the other day and had some garbanzo beans on hand and made a variation of hummus from garbanzo beans. This was accompanied by a cheese, a homemade bread and what resembled what is called chimichurri in Costa Rica. All together these made a very tasty combination which was very suitable to serve for lunch during the hot summer weather we are having.
First, I will give you my variation of hummus that I used. We didn't have any tahini on hand, but I did have some sesame seeds and I ground them up in my coffee grinder to make homemade tahini. (The ground-up seeds had a more loose texture than commercial tahini.)
Hummus ingredients a la Costa Rica
Add the all of the ingredients except the paprika and parsley to a blender or food processor. Grind until smooth. I may have added a little more orange juice to make the mixture a more fluid. You can do the same if needed. Use the paprika and parsley sprigs to garnish the hummus in its serving dish.
Chimichurri a la Mediteranea
This is basically tomatoes and onions in lime juice, but I add a few extra touches to enhance the flavor experience and make it more Middle-Eastern. Prepare this about an hour before serving all of the dishes of this meal. Here are the ingredients:
Add all of the ingredients and let them sit together for about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Follow the recipe for naan bread on almost any link you can find on the Internet. It is a simple bread that you make and allow to rise for an hour, make into balls and then flatten them out to grill for a few minutes on each side to cook. You can also substitute flour tortillas for convenience.
The final ingredient of this meal is a white immature cheese. I chose a cheese that is common in Costa Rica that is a little on the dry side and it is used for smoking. It does not have a strong taste, but it complements acidic hummus and chimchurri salad very well. I just grated the cheese to prepare it for the meal. There are many cheeses that you could consider as a substitute, but I am thinking of feta as an exceptional because of its unique flavor.
Putting It All Together For A Meal
Serving this is simple; have the hummus, cheese and chimichurri served in separate dishes. Each person puts a little of each on their plate and uses a spoon to put portions of each on the naan bread or tortillas. A drink that goes well with this is iced tea; but, if you were going to make the meal in Costa Rica, it would be more common to make a fruit-flavored drink with pineapple, blackberry or even watermelon.
Bon apetit! or ¡Aproveche! as they say in Costa Rica!