Earlier this year I served hummus at a wedding shower, and it quickly become evident that we have both hummus lovers and hummus haters in the same family. Of course I love hummus, so I'm the biggest cheerleader for the hummus team. I can't imagine a hummus variation I wouldn't like, but most often I just have my favorite hummus from Costco, and I can easily make a lunch out of a generous scoop of hummus, some pita bread, and a green salad. When I'm infatuated with ingredients like I am with hummus, sometimes recipe ideas swirl around in my head and a good one comes out, and I think these Mediterranean Tostadas with Hummus, Feta, and Kalamata Olives are one of my best recipe ideas ever!
I certainly wasn't thinking about this being a vegetarian dish when I came up with the idea, but it turns out that October is World Vegetarian Month, so this recipe is timely. I'm not a vegetarian by any stretch of the imagination, but I do eat a lot of meatless meals, and some of you probably know that for a while now I've been spotlighting meatless recipes every Monday at BlogHer.com, as part of a world-wide campaign called Meatless Monday. And even though I'm writing this on Sunday, this post will still be there tomorrow, so maybe these Mediterranean Tostadas with Hummus, Feta, and Kalamata Olives can be my first official Meatless Monday post on the blog!
If you're making this for the South Beach Diet, you want to use whole wheat flour tortillas, and I get the ones with the lowest amount of carbs. There are a lot of good brands, but this is the one I have right now. Start by preheating the oven to 400F/200C and put a cookie sheet in to heat up as the oven does.
When the oven and cookie sheet are hot, spray with a tiny bit of olive oil, then put the flour tortillas on the sheet and put them in the oven.
Be sure to watch them carefully, turning them over every minute or so, until the tortillas are firm and lightly toasted like this.
Sumac if you have some.
(Makes 2 tostadas, but increase the recipe to make as many as you'd like; recipe created by Kalyn)
2 low-carb or whole wheat flour tortillas
2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup very finely chopped lettuce (I used Romaine)
1/4 cup finely crumbled Feta
10 Kalamata olives, finely chopped (or use regular black olives if you prefer)
1/2 cup hummus
powdered Sumac for sprinkling over the hummus (optional, but very good)
Preheat the oven to 400F/200C, placing a cookie sheet inside to heat as the oven does. While oven heats, wash and dry lettuce and finely chop to make 1/2 cup. Crumble the feta cheese and chop the olives.
When the oven is hot, lightly spray or brush the cookie sheet with olive oil and place flour tortillas on it. Toast them until they are lightly browned and firm, turning over about every minute or so. (This took me about 5 minutes but I think different brands of tortillas may be different, so watch them carefully.)
Remove tortillas from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Then top each crisp tortilla with:
--1/4 cup hummus, spread thinly using a rubber scraper
--a slight drizzle of olive oil, topped with a sprinkle of powdered Sumac if you have some
--about 1/4 cup finely chopped lettuce
--2 T finely crumbled feta cheese
--1 T finely chopped Kalamata olives or other black olives of your choice
These tostadas rocked my world with the basic recipe above, but if you want to get exotic you could add other ingredients like diced roasted red bell peppers, Red Pepper Aioli, sliced sweet mini-peppers, chopped mint or parsley, Tzatziki sauce, sesame seeds, Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette, or even a hot Mediterranean sauce like Harissa.
South Beach Suggestions:
If you're making these tostadas as a lunch or dinner for the South Beach Diet, it's important to use low-carb or whole wheat flour tortillas. Hummus is a low-glycemic ingredient that's approved for any phase of the diet, but dried beans are limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup for phase one so don't over-indulge!
More Interesting Ideas with Tostadas:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Seven-Layer Tostadas from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tostada Nueva from Gluten-Free Goddess
Mexican Tostada from Simply Recipes
Shrimp Tostadas with Avocado Salsa from Eclectic Recipes
Red Chile Beef Tostadas from Food. People. Want
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)