Pizza time! In all honesty, Tessa and I could probably have a blog devoted solely to our many adventures in pizza making. We enjoy making pizza so much that it is really difficult to convince either one of us that going out for pizza is worth it! The one exception to this rule is Mama's Pizza here in Omaha, but that is a story for another day.
We received a food processor for Christmas from my parents and the exclamation of Tessa when she opened it paved the way for our latest pizza experiment. To quote Christmas morning, she said "Look Derek, now we can make Hummus!" As previously mentioned, we love Greek and Mediterranean food and hummus is always our favorite appetizer. During the process of trying to find a recipe for hummus on Allrecipes, we ran across this unique pizza.
The recipe called for refrigerated pizza crust and a generic hummus spread. Fortunately, we have an awesome recipe for homemade pizza crust, available here, and we found a good recipe for homemade hummus. After Tessa reassured me that garbanzo beans and chick peas were the same thing, the only thing we changed was using both red and green peppers on the pizza. For anyone looking for a unique, but delicious pizza experience, we recommend trying this pizza!!!
Homemade pizza crust
2 cups canned garbanzo beans, drained
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pinch paprika
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups sliced bell peppers, any color
1 cup broccoli florets
2 cups shredded fat-free Mozzarella cheese
Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Roll out pizza crust and place on a pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of hummus over the crust. Arrange the sliced peppers and broccoli over the hummus, and top with shredded cheese.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted in the center. Slice and serve.