Quick Hummus With Seared Oyster Mushrooms and Pine Nuts


  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar tahini
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to season
  • 1-1½ cups ice water
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, plus more to drizzle
  • 1½ pounds Oyster mushrooms, stemmed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • Pinch turmeric
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 4 fresh, warm pitas or slices of brioche
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the tahini sauce: Nick off a quarter of the clove of garlic and drop it into the bowl of a food processor. Add lemon juice and tahini, making sure to scrape all the tahini out of the container. Season with a good pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon cumin. Process until mixture looks like peanut butter, about 1 minute. With motor running, stream in ice water, a little bit at a time, and continue processing until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Make the hummus: Add drained chickpeas to tahini sauce and continue to process until chickpeas are completely blended into tahini and hummus is smooth and uniform in color, about 3 minutes. While blending, pause motor occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl, then proceed. Set hummus aside.
  4. Make the mushroom-pine nut topping: Toss pine nuts with a drizzle of canola oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Spread nuts across a small baking sheet and toast until golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Let pine nuts cool.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once pan is very hot, add 3 tablespoons canola oil. Stir in mushrooms and cook, undisturbed, until mushrooms start to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt, a pinch of cumin, a pinch of turmeric and a small pinch of cinnamon. Once mushrooms have browned all over, after about 2 minutes more, turn off heat and add Sherry vinegar to pan. Toss to combine. Return pan to medium-high heat. Cook until liquid evaporates and mushrooms crisp, about 2 minutes more. Toss in toasted pine nuts and minced parsley.
  6. To serve, smear hummus across 4 individual plates or a large platter, covering the base in a ½-inch layer of hummus. (Save any leftover hummus for another meal.) Top hummus with mushroom-pine nut topping and drizzle fresh olive oil overtop. Serve with warm pita or slices of brioche for scooping.
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