Hummus with Pastirma or Bacon

#Hummus with #Pastirma or Bacon

Hummus is one of those addictive foods for everyone! The combination of chickpeas, tahini and garlic is to die for! Some love to have it as a dip with pita at parties, some love it as mezze with Turkish raki, some even have it at breakfast! Some restaurants in Turkey serve it free as an appetizer just before the main dish. There are also hummus restaurants in southern cities like Antakya, Mersin and Tarsus. They just serve hummus and people have it as lunch.

#Hummus with #Pastirma or Bacon

Hummus is known as a Middle Eastern dish, and as far as I know it’s originally from Syrian and Lebanese cuisines. It has become a very common dish in Turkey too thanks to Antakya, aka Antioch, a southern city of Turkey. It is located near the border with Syria, and there are lots of people from Syria settled down in this city, so Turkish cuisine is intermingled with Syrian cuisine in Antakya. This is a great advantage for us since we get familiar with new dishes from Antakya people.

Another ingredient a good hummus must have is cumin, both for its flavor and its relieving effect on stomach. You know chickpeas and garlic might cause trouble in stomach and cumin is the best remedy for it!

It is recommended to peel chickpeas before mashing, but I think it takes a lot of time and it’s not needed at all since it becomes really smooth when you puree it well.

#Hummus with #Pastirma or Bacon

We mostly have it topped with a sauce of olive oil, paprika, sumac and parsley as in this hummus, but I learnt from a friend that it is also topped with pastirma, Turkish dried meat. So we fried some slices of pastirma in a little butter and top our hummus with it this time. The result was AMAZING! How come we couldn’t think of it before! The spicy flavor of thinly sliced pastirma made a perfect touch on hummus! You might not find it abroad, so I think bacon makes a good substitute. I’d love to hear the result if you try it with bacon.

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Hummus with Pastirma or Bacon
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Top your hummus with dried beef and love it more!
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup chickpeas, boiled
  • ¼ cup water, you can use the water of boiled chickpeas
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 5 tbsp tahini
  • 1 lemon, sequeezed
  • 5 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 8 slices pastirma or bacon
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  1. Put chickpeas and water in a food processor and mix until smooth.
  2. Add tahini, lemon juice mashed garlic, salt and cumin and mix.
  3. Transfer it on a plate.
  4. Heat a small skillet and melt butter in it.
  5. Fry pastirma or bacon slices in it for 2 minutes.
  6. Top hummus with these and chopped parsley.
Add pastirma or bacon just before serving since these don't taste good cold.


  1. Julia | says

    Love your story behind the hummus, and it looks so delicious! I need to buy some tahini (that’s the only ingredient I am missing) and make it!

  2. says

    Everything tastes better with bacon. My teenagers might actually eat hummus if I put bacon in it like you have done. Brilliant idea. Wishing you a super weekend. BAM

    • says

      Your teenagers don’t eat hummus? I’m sure with bacon they will! Have a nice weekend my friend!

  3. says

    Zerrin – We love hummus, though it takes a little longer when you have to make it from dried beans. The plus to that is that the sodium level is a lot lower for my husband who has to watch it. Not only did my teens eat hummus, but some of their friends would eat it as a snack when they visiting too. You have very nice photos.

    • says

      Chickpea is a great food for your husband then. And the best dish mae from it is definitely hummus! Everyone loves it!

  4. Karen says

    I love hummus so much. Costco carries a really good brand of hummus made with olive oil and organic chickpeas. Of course, everything at Costco is in large quantities so I was eating hummus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. I never got tired of it. My husband did, however, and he told me not to buy any for a long time. What a pity……

    • says

      Don’t know that brand, but it’s very easy and you can make it at home, in a small portion just for yourself:) Bet your husband will also want some when you place bacon on it!

  5. Samah(good cooks) says

    It sounded like hummus with shawarmah, but looks works very good with pastirma too, I have to try it that way. Thanks Zerrin.

  6. says

    Beautiful bowl of hummus! I definitely could eat hummus as my lunch or dinner. :)
    Is all of the hummus in Turkey made with chickpeas? Here in the US I have been finding hummus made with white beans or edamame (soy) as well as the traditional chickpea hummus. I love them all! Adding smoked meat is an interesting idea. I flavor combination sounds good!

    • says

      Yes Wendy, hummus is made with chickpea here. It has different names when made with other beans. We have a dip made from fava beans, and it’s called fava in Turkish, not hummus.Pastirma or bacon, meat adds a great flavor to hummus! You must try it!

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