These Mediterranean Nachos with Hummus are topped with crumbly feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives and a tangy tzatziki sauce. They make a perfect party appetizer!
These Mediterranean Nachos with Hummus became my dinner last week… Rick was out of town, and I didn’t feel like cooking an entire meal just for myself, so I set out to do some snacking instead… Along with a little bit of 13 Reasons Why binge-watching. Did you watch it? It’s garnered quite a bit of controversy around it and there are lots of touchy subjects – Suicide, rape, bullying… But I found it so well written and intriguing. I watched the entire series in about 5 days. They say there may be a second season… I’d love it if that were the case, although how would they do that? There wouldn’t be any tapes in Season 2, but they could definitely do some follow up on the lawsuit, etc. What do you think?
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I’ve been pondering nachos a lot lately. There are just so many variations out there. A couple summers back, while visiting my mom in New York, we visited a restaurant on Lake Chautauqua that served up Italian Nachos – Topped with alfredo sauce, tomatoes and ground beef. So yummy! I’ve definitely been wanting to recreate those at home. And then there are the Poke Nachos – Delicate wonton chips topped with ahi tuna, green onions and creamy spicy mayo.
Tonight, I let my fridge do the dictating. I had some fresh pitas on hand, along with some creamy hummus, and even some Kalamata olives and feta cheese. And, who doesn’t have half empty jar of pepperoncini sitting in their fridge? Just me? I used to eat those peppers by the bowlful in high school and college – A Costco sized jar would always be on hand and I’d eat them one after the other until I could barely taste anything anymore because my mouth was on fire…
The pita chips are simple. I just use some kitchen shears, or a large knife, to cut the pitas into wedges. A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of spices – cumin being my particular favorite – and salt and pepper, bake until they’re golden and then get ready to do some topping.
I put a huge dollop of hummus in the middle of the plate – Because, for me, the hummus is the star of the show. Creamy, tangy and the perfect way to get all those other bits to stick to your pita chips.
In reality, you can make these Mediterranean Nachos an Unofficial Meal. It’s an appetizer so satisfying and so good for you, it can actually become a meal in itself. This simple and informal, but totally impressive dish gives you a perfect excuse to invite friends over to celebrate any day of the week (but particularly on National Hummus Day). Just add wine!
Wine Pairings for Mediterranean Nachos with Hummus:
- The citrus and grassy, herbal notes of Sauvignon Blanc will pair nicely with the briny pepperoncini and fresh parsley on these Mediterranean Nachos.
- Another fun wine pairing option is a Vinho Verde – Its slight effervescence is a nice compliment to the creamy hummus.
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Mediterranean Nachos Recipe
Mediterranean Nachos with Hummus
- 3 pita pockets (, cut into 8 wedges (or you can use store bought pita chips))
- 1 tsp cumin
- Salt and pepper (, to taste)
- Olive oil for drizzling
- ¾ cup Hummus
- 1 cup feta cheese (, cut into small cubes)
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (, chopped)
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes (, halved)
- ½ cup sliced pepperoncinis
- 1/4 red onion (, chopped)
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley (, chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 ¼ cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 medium cucumber
- Salt and pepper (, to taste)
- Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Coarsely grate the cucumber using a box grater or food processor. Then wrap in paper towels or a tea towel and squeeze to remove excess liquid.
- Place cucumber in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients then mix to combine. Set aside for at least 20 minutes for the flavors combine.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place pita wedges on a baking sheet and season with cumin and salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for about 20 minutes, until crisp. Place on a plate or large platter.
- To build your nachos, start with the pita chips on the bottom and top with hummus, tzatziki, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, pepperoncinis, onion and parsley.