My perfect easy lunch recipe of creamy hummus spread over lightly toasted Italian bread, topped with freshly picked heirloom tomato slices and pickled peppers straight from the garden. I love this recipe!
Yes, indeed. I LOVE this recipe. This is a recipe the epitomizes why I love having my own garden. The first heirlooms are finally ready to be plucked from the tomato plants and I've been blessed with three insanely gorgeous and plump Kellogg's Breakfast Heirloom Tomatoes. Plus! The garden has been producing chili peppers of all sorts for a while now. I am so easily able to stroll down to the garden in the back yard, peruse through what I have available, and choose what we'll be eating for lunch.
Talk about the life! I LOVE THIS!
When I see tomatoes and peppers, I can think of so many different recipes. I guess that's sort of obvious after perusing the wild web site that is Chili Pepper Madness. Today, though, I'm thinking of a quick and easy lunch, as we're hard at work this week, and isn't it nice to have recipes if your back pocket that taste outstanding yet don't take very long to make?
Like this one - Hummus Toast. Yes!
I know you've had hummus toast before, but I'm not sure you've had any like this. I know this for certain because you've never had heirloom tomatoes or peppers from my garden before! Haha. Unless you're one of my neighbors and you've been grabbing them unawares. =)
Seriously, though, this recipe is a unique combination of hummus, tomato, quick pickled cherry peppers and shallots, topped with olive oil, spicy chili flakes and citrus salt, all over crusty Italian bread.
There isn't any singular key element, to me, that stands out. It's such a perfect combination with all the right flavors, just the right amount of heat in the cherry peppers and the spicy chili flakes, a nice acidity with the quick pickling, the meatiness of the tomatoes, the creaminess of the hummus, the heft of the olive oil, the crunch of the lightly toasted bread.
Truly, I can't think of a more perfect combination. You REALLY need to try this. Come get some tomatoes and peppers.
For the chili flakes, I used some homemade ghost pepper flakes from ghost peppers I dehydrated last year. I love my dehydrator for this. The peppers keep practically forever and I can grind them up over foods so quickly and easily. Feel free to use any chili flakes of your choosing.
A quick pickling is super easy for you as well. Just cover your thinly sliced peppers and shallots in vinegar and a bit of sugar and salt and heat it through for a bit. As it cools down, the sweetened vinegar is absorbed by the peppers and shallots, making them a bit tart-sweet, a nice flavor compliment to this recipe.
Yep. LOVING LIFE right now. What a great way to enjoy the garden. Are you a fan of hummus toast? I hope you enjoy the recipe.
Patty's Perspective: We've been eating a bit lighter lately, and hummus toast is such a nice, light and fast lunch option for us, especially now that the garden is producing heirloom tomatoes. They're so vibrant and fresh, definitely my favorites. Bellissimo!
Mike's Fresh Garden Hummus Toast with Heirloom Tomato and Pickled Peppers – Recipe
- 4 slices crusty Italian bread, lightly toasted
- 2 cups hummus - Try this Fiery Blue Cheese Hummus Recipe
- 1 large heirloom tomato, thinly sliced
- 3 sweet cherry peppers, thinly sliced
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Spicy chili flakes for serving
- Citrus salt for serving
- Add the sliced peppers and shallots to a small pan along with the vinegar and sugar. Swirl.
- Bring to low heat and heat through until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Spread ¼ cup hummus over each toasted Italian bread.
- Layer on the thinly sliced tomatoes, pickled peppers and shallots.
- Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
- Sprinkle with chili flakes and citrus salt.