Hummus!

One of my favorite things is hummus. There are many different kinds of hummus. I will share with you a basic recipe and then some variations. Enjoy!

THE BASIC HUMMUS RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
  • 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini***
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.

Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

Variations

For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.

SUN DRIED TOMATO HUMMUS:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbano beans/chickpeas (15 oz.), drained
  • 3 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation:

In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth and creamy. If too thick, add 1 tablespoon water until desired consistency.Serve immediately with hot pita bread, veggies, or pita chips. Store in an airtight container. Sun dried tomato hummus can be made up to two days in advance.

ROASTED RED PEPPER HUMMUS!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (15 oz)
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (depending on taste)

Preparation:

In a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice and olive. Process until smooth. Add red peppers and garlic until desired consistency.Garnish with parsley. Serve warm with hot pita bread or toasted pita chips.Roasted red pepper hummus can be made up to two days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Heat up in microwave or on stovetop to serve.

ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans (15 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

Preparation:

In a food processor, process beans, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and oregano until desired consistency. If hummus is too thick, simply add olive oil in small increments (1/2 teaspoon) until desired consistency.Serve roasted garlic hummus garnished with finely chopped parsley with hot pita bread, pita chips, or veggies. Roasted red pepper hummus goes very well with cubes of warm Italian bread.Hummus can be prepared in advance up to two days if stored in airtight container in the refrigerator. To serve, heat in microwave or on stovetop.

BLACK BEAN HUMMUS

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, drained (15 oz)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Preparation:

In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth and creamy. If it is too thick, add half a teaspoon olive oil and a half teaspoon lime water. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator in airtight container.

***Making Homemade Tahini Sauce
To make homemade tahini, cook one tablespoon sesame seeds over medium heat in a non-stick skillet until they are lightly brown (about five minutes). Stir them constantly, so they do not burn. Pour them on a paper towel to allow them to drain and cool. Once cool, put them in a food processor for about 30 seconds. They will have a floury texture.

Add two tablespoons water, one tablespoon lemon juice, one minced clove of garlic and one tablespoon oregano. Puree the mixture until smooth.

 

You can also buy tahini already made at health food stores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Hummus!

  1. Thanks for sharing your recipes! This gives me a really good reason to buy a new blender. (the motor burned out in mine) They all sound good but I’m especially eager to try the Roaster Red Pepper Hummus. Sounds yummy! 🙂

  2. It IS good! One of my very favorites, Sara! I have a Vita Mix power blender but you can also do this in your food processor if you have one. I have a Cuisinart and couldn’t function without it! I have to have the power blender to do green smoothies because it take a lot more power than most blenders can handle!

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