Hummus

Usually I buy hummus in a big tub from Costco. It’s fairly cheap (especially compared to the tiny containers at regular grocery stores) and my family can blow thru one in about a week. My kids love it with chips or carrots. Zack and I enjoy toasting up some pita bread and scooping hummus up that way.

I got a hankerin’ for hummus tonight and (gasp!) we were all out. Doggone! I did a quick search and found that I could make my own fairly easily. The only ingredient I did not have was the tahini (the essential ingredient in hummus). But, another search online told me that you can make your own with sesame seeds and oil. Which I found at the back of my spice cupboard. So, I made some of that too. I know it might seem strange to make something in order to use it as an ingredient in something else – especially when it would probably have been much faster to just pop out to the grocery store and purchase some hummus. But hey, I’m always up for trying something new.

Hummus

I altered this recipe to suit my tastes, added a couple of things and changed up the amounts a bit. Taste test as you’re making your batch to make sure you’re a fan of what’s coming together in the food processor. Not such a fan of garlic? Cut back. Don’t like cumin? Take it out. Add red pepper or chopped olives, sun-dried tomatoes or whatever you love in your hummus. This is a great basic recipe to do with whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

Hummus

2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
3 tablespoons tahini
1/8 – 1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
4 cloves garlic, minced fine
2 tablespoon olive oil
*Optional – 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions

  1. Drain the garbanzo beans, reserving the juice. Place the garbanzo beans, tahini, 1/8 cup lemon juice, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add 1/8 cup of the reserved bean juice and additional lemon juice until the consistency is as you’d like it. Add salt, 1/4 teaspoon at a time to taste. Blend in cumin if desired. This will make the hummus earthy and a little spicy. Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
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Comments

  1. Is it salty or spicy?

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