Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HUMMUS Pinwheels - BBQ/Garlic Apple, Grape and Onion - 5 Minutes - 52 Appetizers Recipes

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Ahhh... The joy of the pinwheel "Sandwich".

Easy and FAST to make.  They can be loaded up with lots of things (Like the Cream Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto ones to the left).  As a caterer I like to offer various ones as a vegetarian option.  They are always welcome at any pass a plate potluck occasion.  Dramatic looking and delicious!

This particular version uses fresh made hummus (incredibly easy, open a can, add just a couple of spices and oil and you have Hummus!), see the recipe.  Hummus is like a blank canvas for flavors.  You can use about any spices you might like.  This time I decided I wanted to make a sweet sandwich with sweet stuffings but add a bit of a kick with a BBQ Spice mix.

Sweet and Heat, a fantastic combination!

The "How To" of making a pinwheel is pretty simple...

Lay out a Tortilla.

Spread the Hummus (be generous)

Top with the Fixins (top in rows like shown or as a mix)

The only slightly difficult part is the roll up.  Roll up tight so they hold together.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours and then slice...

And enjoy!

OK... Here's what I did...

HUMMUS Pinwheel - BBQ/Garlic
Fast and Easy - 5 Minutes 

  • 1 Can (15 OZ) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), Drained
  • 3 Large Cloves Garlic, Peeled, crushed and minced
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp BBQ Spice Mix (to Taste)
  • Juice and Zest of 1 Medium Lemon
  • 3 TBS Olive Oil
  • 3 or 4 Burrito size Tortillas
    1 Apple Cored and Minced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Minced
  • 10 Seedless Grapes, Minced
Cooking Directions
  1. In the bowl of a Food Processor, Add the drained Chickpeas, Minced Garlic, Cumin, BBQ Spice Mix, Lemon Zest and Juice and the Olive Oil. Process for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides of the bowl and process for another 5 seconds. Hummus should be the consistency of a thick milk shake. Add additional Lemon Juice or Olive Oil to reach correct texture.
  2. Lay out a Tortilla on a cutting boar. Spread about 1/4th of the Hummus in an even coating over the entire Tortilla.
  3. Add a line of minced Red Onions about 1 inch thick, repeat with a line of Apples and another line of Grapes, repeat until you reach the end of the tortilla.
  4. With that lines of stuffing parallel to you, begin rolling from the bottom. Tight but not pressing too tight. Once you have the tortilla rolled into a log put it in the refrigerator for an hour for the Hummus to set.
  5. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  6. Slice each Tortilla log into a dozen same size slices (about 1/3rd inch each). Discard (or cook's treat) the ends that do not look pretty, plate and return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Serve chilled and ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Appetizers Recipes"!!!

From Dips and Salsas to everyone's favorite, Deviled Eggs; Appetizers will set the mood for something special. And make enough different ones and you have a Tapas Meal!

Links include Dips (Take a Look at the WORLD's BEST Guacamole recipe (and world's easiest to make), Salsas, Grilled Bites, Watermelon Art, and of course something with a spectacular presentation and taste... Take a look, something to match any occasion...


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