So last Christmas I was given a California Pizza Kitchen cookbook with the actual recipes of the famous dishes from the restaurant. This appetizer is one of my very favorite and now that I've started making my own hummus each week I think this one is going to have to make its way into the rotation!
makes 8-10 servings
8-10 medium cloves garlic
3 cups drained cannellini beans or great northern beans (2 15 oz cans)
1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 TBSP plus 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4-1/2 cup cold water (if needed)
1. Mix in a food processor the beans and garlic.
2. Add in the Tahini paste
3. Pour in the olive oil, lemon juice, and soy sauce.
4. Add salt, cumin, coriander and cayenne. Process until thoroughly blended. If it's too thick, add in the water.
5. Chill before serving.
For the checca (tomato) topping toss together the following ingredients:
2 pounds roma tomatoes diced into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup EVOO