Some of you may know that I hosted a toast party for my new friends in Austin two weeks ago on a typical Saturday. OK, the truth is that it’s not typical at all. It’s rather special.
14 months in Jacksonville, FL didn’t make me any friends prior to Austin. Therefore, I am super appreciative of my new friendships with some of the coolest people I have ever met here in Austin. I couldn’t wait until I have my own place to invite them over and hang out over homemade food. So a toast brunch happened on the outdoor deck of the condo we are temporarily staying at.
I made 2 beverages and 6 different toasts including 3 savory ones and 3 sweet ones for the brunch. The whole spread was a piece of cake since I didn’t even have to turn on the oven. OK, I lied. It was not a piece of cake. I was super nervous since it’s the first time I hosted a theme party and I didn’t want to disappoint my new friends. My day started at 8am and the brunch was scheduled for 10:30am. It was only possible to make those 36 toasts within 2.5 hours when I had all the ingredients pre-prepared and I knew exactly what to do with them, meaning that I was very familiar with the recipes.
One of the savory toasts I made was this Hummus & Cucumber toast. I didn’t have any pre-made or store-bought hummus on hand that day. Honestly, I freaked out for a second. However, as soon as I realized that I could make a hummus with just 2 ingredients in pretty much zero time, a deep relieving breath was taken. Thanks to Bush’s new Hummus Made Easy, where the essential ingredients like tahini, olive oil and spices are perfectly blended and packaged up nicely. All I had to do was to open it up and pour it into my blender, then blend in a can of chickpea. Done and done! Homemade hummus literally couldn’t be easier.
Next, I directly scoop out the freshly made hummus from my blender and spread it onto the toasted bread, followed by cucumber slices, feta cheese, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a drizzle of olive oil. My Hummus & Cucumber Toast was on point. You can use all sorts of different flavored hummus for this recipe. It can’t go wrong. Speaking of which, Hummus Made Easy is available in 3 flavors: Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, and Southwest Black Bean. You can also add your own personal touches. Here are few ideas to get you started.
Sliced Cucumber with Sea Salt
Slice cucumbers and sprinkle with sea salt. Rest ten minutes, then pulse chop into your hummus.
Slice tomatoes, lay on a lined sheet tray, drizzle with olive oil and salt and roast at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Pulse chop into your hummus.
Multi-Colored Bell Peppers
Place green, yellow, and red peppers directly on the open flame, or under your broiler until black. Cover for 15 minutes. Once cool, peel and chop the peppers, and then toss with fresh herbs of choice and pulse chop into hummus.
Blanch, peel and toss the beans with olive oil and mint. Rough chop and cover the top of your plated hummus.
Chinese Long Beans
Sauté or stir-fry with cumin seeds and red chili flakes. Pulse chop into hummus. Chinese long beans are looking good all summer. They’re firmer than green beans but have a similar earthy flavor.
Summer Endive Heads
Rub summer whole endive heads with olive oil and sea salt. Grill until charred. Pulse chop into hummus.
Grab a handful of the season’s best chiles: Anaheim and jalapenos. Char them over an open flame or under a broiler. Pulse chop (with all the seeds) into hummus. Drizzle the top with cumin oil. Give your family and guests a whole new love and respect for hummus with this spicier recipe.
Toss radishes with olive oil, cumin and salt. Broil on 500°F until charred and pierceable with a butter knife. Chop and cover the top of the plated hummus. Radishes rock in the summer! With this recipe, you’ll get a great crunchy texture, a slight spice and natural contrast to the creamy hummus.
Are you excited about these summer hummus recipes? If so, I’ve got even more exciting news to share. Bush’s is generously giving 5 of DelishPlan’s Instagram followers free Hummus Made Easy along with chickpeas so that you can make a delicious homemade hummus with just 2 ingredients in zero time. We are super grateful and thrilled! Come on over to Instagram and check out the giveaway details. This giveaway is for US readers only.
The entire toast party spread is coming your way next Tuesday. In the meanwhile, enjoy this Hummus & Cucumber Toast recipe and go enter the giveaway on Instagram!Print
Hummus and cucumber toast with feta cheese, red chili flakes and a drizzle of olive oil.
- 6 slices baguette, cut horizontally
- 1 cup hummus (I used Hummus Made Easy)
- 1/2 cucumber, cut into 12 ribbons
- 6 tablespoons feta cheese
- Red chili flakes
- Olive oil
- Toast bread and spread a thick layer of hummus onto each slice.
- Gently place 2 cucumber ribbons on top of the hummus of each slice; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon feta cheese and a pinch of red chili flakes. Repeat this step with the rest of the bread slices.
- Drizzle with olive oil and enjoy!