Hummus on pizza. It’s a good idea.
Is it technically a flatbread? Sure. But there’s cheese and toppings and, just try it out, hummus. Included is my hummus recipe. I also love most store-bought brands of hummus. Feel free to use those. For me, making my own hummus is the only way I can get an amount of garlic that makes me feel good about myself.
- I used store-bought pizza dough. The pre-made doughs from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have worked very well for me in the past.
- You can also make your own dough! I haven’t done this, but I’ve heard it’s fun if you have time and yeast.
Red Pepper Hummus (enough to have plenty left over for snacking):
- 2 jars roasted red peppers, drained
- 1 can chickpeas, drained
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 head garlic
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (or the juice from 1 lemon)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt to taste
Toppings I used (use whatever you want as long as it tastes good with red pepper hummus):
- Shaved parmasean
- 2 sautéed chicken breasts
- kalamata olives
- fresh parsley
My chicken breast seasoning (per chicken breast)
- 1 tbsp seasoned garlic salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp pepper
- Olive oil + butter
General process overview: you need to bake the dough twice, once without toppings, once with toppings, and all of your toppings need to be fully cooked before going on the pizza.
- Prepare the dough. Put a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a medium sized bowl, and roll the dough in the olive oil. Let the dough rise for at least 30 minutes, but preferably an hour or two.
- Prepare any toppings that need to be cooked, e.g. season your chicken breasts, fully cook them in butter and olive oil, let them cool, and cut them into cubes.
- Make the red pepper hummus.
- In a blender or a food processor, add red peppers, chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend or food-process until it is your desired consistency (I like it pretty smooth).
- Add olive oil while the blender or food processor is running if there is an opening in your machine to do so.
- Add salt (and more garlic, tahini, lemon, etc.) until you are satisfied. Keep tasting the hummus.
- Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Find a large baking pan. Sprinkle some flour on the baking pan, and start stretching the dough to fit your pan.
- Once the dough mostly covers your baking pan, pre-bake the dough for 5 minutes.
- Take the dough out of the oven and increase the temperature to 500 degrees. Open a window or door if your apartment is now very hot.
- Spread the red pepper hummus on the pizza like you would with tomato sauce. Don’t make it too thick.
- Add cheese and the toppings of your choosing
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Eat this at any time of day. For breakfast, fry or poach some eggs and dip the pizza in the yolk. It’s a smart decision.