Pita Bread and Hummus. I have discovered that they make a great snack and are nutritious enough not to feel guilty about eating it often. But these are just two of the componants of this

    February Daring Cooks Challenge hosted by Michele of Veggie Num Nums. Michele chose to challenge everyone to make mezze (pronounced ‘mez-ay’) based on various recipes from Claudia Roden, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugid.

“If you’re not familiar with mezze, it’s more of a style of eating than a specific recipe or recipes. Mezze is a bunch of small dishes served all at once—sort of like the Middle Eastern version of Spanish Tapas. It can be served as appetizers before a meal, or as the meal itself. ” (Michele from Veggie Num Nums)

I have made pita bread before, and Hummus, but not using the recipes listed for the challenge. We had to make those two items, but then the rest of the Mezze was left up to us.

    Hummus

is made typically with chick peas, garlic, Tahini Paste (Recipe Here if you cannot find any) and various flavorings. I made Roasted Red Pepper/Garlic by adding about 1/2 jar of roasted red pepper and doubling the garlic called for in the recipe. (Hint: mine was a little runny, so I would suggest adding all the ingredients and THEN adding enough liquid to make it smooth.)

The rest of the mezze was more Indian than Middle Eastern.

    Gobhi ki Sabzi (or Subzi)

Curried Cauliflower was pretty easy to make. the recipe I have linked to is very similar to the one I used.

    Alu (Aloo) Mattar

And the Curried Potatoes and Peas was really good. The curry added spice and the peas added sweet.

Fun Challenge. The Pita and Hummus recipes worked out well and I like that I now have two new sides to go with everyday meals. Thanks, Michele, for this challenge.

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