Monday, November 9, 2009

yummus hummus

We love hummus. We've been making it a lot lately. It is a popular middle eastern dish containing chickpeas or Garbanzo beans. We've tried different flavors, but this one suits us best. I know it doesn't exactly look appetizing, but it is delicious and nutritious! I warmed up some pita bread and cut up orange and yellow bell peppers to dip with it. I sent a batch to work with HF and the officers enjoyed it as well. There are many varieties of hummus, the most popular probably being Red Pepper Hummus. We like this basic recipe. You can adjust it to your taste and add other spices and ingredients if desired.


4 garlic cloves, minced and mashed

2 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2/3 cup tahini (roasted not raw)

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ cup water

¼ cup olive oil

½ tsp. coarse salt

In food processor, combine garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, water and olive oil. Press until smooth. Add salt a little at a time, to taste. Serve with warm pita bread, crackers, chips, or raw vegetables.


Anonymous said...

I've been OBSESSED with hummus lately. I'll have to try this recipe.

I do it somewhat like this but with cumin, olive oil and also half an onion blended in there. Except I can never get mine to to be as smooth as it should be. Maybe because I am impatient?

mrsofficer said...

ooh my recipe is pretty muchthe same sometimes I add roasted red peppers to the food processor.ITs super yummy

KD said...

I love Hummus too. I even repack it in the store-bought tubs and fool everyone (doesn't take much for a 5 and 3 year old). HOWEVER, when my lovely, helpful mom comes to visit she always goes to town cleaning my kitchen, bathroom, and anything she can get her hands on. She was totally disgusted that I had 9-month-old hummus in the fridge and threw it out! Unfortunately, that is a drawback to "repackaging" fresh, homemade hummus in the store-bought tubs. ha ha

I usually add some of the garbanzo bean "juice" to make it smoother. Water is probably a better choice, who knows what is in that canned juice! I also like to roast my garlic beforehand -- slice off the top, drizzle olive oil, wrap in foil and bake! yum!