Jun 17 2009

Hummus

John and I have a mild addiction to hummus. It’s also something that I can pretty consistently get Cole to eat. Unfortunately, it’s also stupidly expensive, and Costco only occasionally carries it at a reasonable price. So I started thinking: how hard could it possibly be to make it myself? Answer: NOT AT ALL, and dead-cheap to boot.

Hummus
1 can Garbanzo beans (15-16oz)
2-5 tbs lemon juice (I use at least 5 because I like that tang)
1/4 cup reserved bean juice
2 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed (or more, if you really love garlic)
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbs tahini

Dump it all into a blender or food processor and process until smooth (doesn’t take long!). After pouring it into whatever serving dish you’re using, you can make a well in the center and pour a little more (1-2 tbs) olive oil over it, but I don’t do that. You can also sprinkle on parsley, but I don’t do that, either. I like serving it with “Naked” pita chips, carrot sticks, and sugar snap peas. Cole likes shoveling it into his mouth with his fingers.

It’s great as a quick appetizer to take to a potluck or as a summer dinner when you just can’t bear to heat anything. Or when you’ve forgotten to defrost the chicken breasts. Again. Not that I know anything about that.

3 Comments

  • By ticknart, June 17, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    I like to add a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper to mine just to give it a little extra BAM!, but that may be too much for kiddies.

  • By heels, June 17, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    … and heartburn-plagued pregnant bellies. Good if you like the spice, though!

  • By Sizzle, June 17, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    I've been on a mad dash for hummus. I'm so making this one this weekend! And, I'm even going to venture into making my own pitas with whole wheat flour. :-)

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