A Little Bite of the Mediterranean

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A perfect little bite packed with flavor. Instead of putting out the hummus dip at your next get together, try these portable little cuties.

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  • add   2 ounces feta cheese
  • add   1/4 teaspoon salt
  • add   2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • add   1/4 cup tahini
  • add   1 red bell pepper
  • add   3/4 teaspoon salt
  • add   3 ounces lemon juice
  • add   4 ounces plain yogurt
  • add   1 garlic clove
  • add   1 1/2 cups lightly packed grated parmesan cheese
  • add   3 garlic cloves
  • add   1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • add   1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
  • add   1/16 teaspoon cayenne (a dash)

Instructions

  1. The night before, take a coffee filter and put it into the opening of a fairly narrow glass.Secure the coffee filter by putting a rubber band over the lip of the glass.Put the yogurt into the secured coffee filter; put a piece of plastic wrap over the top and place in the refrigerator overnight (this is to drain off the excess fluid.).
  2. Preheatthe oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Use 2 heaping tablespoons of parmesan cheese to create a round of about 3 1/2 inches in diameter on your parchment paper (can use the outer ring of the lid of a Mason jar as a guide.)Make the circle slightly mounded (a little more in the center of the round.)Make ten.
  5. Place in the preheated oven for 3 minutes.Remove from the oven.
  6. Let the melted cheese rounds cool for about 2-3 minutes.They should have cooled off enough for you to pick them up with your fingers, but not so cool that they are not pliable.
  7. Slip the edge of a spatula under the edge of the round and gently ease it off of the parchment paper.
  8. Take the round and mold it over the back of a mini muffin tin (make sure you are doing this on the back of the muffin tin.)Be gentle.Do this with the rest of the rounds.
  9. While your rounds take shape, turn the oven to broil.Try to have your oven rack 3 inches from the top of the heating element.
  10. Line a baking sheet with foil ( can use the one you melted your cheese on.).
  11. Halve, core and seed the pepper.
  12. Flatten each half with your hand.
  13. Put the pepper skin side up on your baking sheet and put under the preheated broiler.Broil until the skin is charred black.
  14. Put the charred pepper into a gallon size zip top bag and set off to the side for about 15 minutes.
  15. Now make your hummus.
  16. Drain the can of chickpeas.
  17. Dump them into a food processor.
  18. Drop in 3 cloves of garlic.
  19. Spoon in 1/4 cup tahini.
  20. Pour in the lemon juice.
  21. Measure in 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  22. Process until smooth.
  23. Set the hummus to the side (clean out the food processor, your going to need it again.).
  24. If it has been 15 minutes, take the bell pepper out of the bag and peel the skin off (throw away the skin.).
  25. Put the red bell pepper into the food processor.
  26. Put in 1 clove of garlic.
  27. Measure in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cumin and dash of cayenne.
  28. Dump in the drained yogurt.
  29. Process until smooth.
  30. The parmesan cups should be cooled and formed by now.
  31. Gently wiggle the cups off the back of the muffin tin.
  32. Place 1 teaspoon of the crumbled feta into the bottom of each cup.
  33. Put 1 tablespoon of the hummus on top of the cheese.
  34. Place 1 teaspoon of roasted red pepper sauce on top of the hummus.
  35. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.