>Your basic hummus recipe.

>Honestly I have no idea why anyone buys hummus, you can make a ton of the stuff for almost no money. The stuff they sell at the grocery store is terrible for you (they add corn syrup!!) and marked way up over what they spent on the ingredients.

Hummus is one of those recipes that you can add almost anything to and it will be fine. As always I encourage you to substitute and experiment wildly. But here’s a basic recipe:

Basic Hummus Recipe

food processor
rubber spatula

1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed VERY well (the bean juice is a major cause of gas)
1 Tbsp tahini (toasted sesame paste- found in every international market)
1 clove garlic
juice of 1/2 lemon+ more to taste
1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tbsp cumin
salt to taste
pepper to taste
scant 1/4 cup of olive oil

1) Combine everything in the food processor
2) Grind as finely as possible
3) Stream in olive oil until the mixture becomes smooth and fine
4) Adjust everything to taste

So take that basic recipe and mess with it:

– Substitute various kinds of beans. My favorites are white beans (this seems to be everyone else’s favorite too) or black beans (for a kind of mexican type hummus)
– Substitute the lemon juice with lime juice or variety of vinegar
– Take the same garlic you were going to use and roast it (for a less aggressive garlic flavor)

Flavors (Mix-Ins)
– drained roasted red peppers (or roast 2 of your own)
– pitted olives
– 1 package roasted button mushrooms (clean em up, stir them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and put em in the oven at 400degrees until cooked)
– 1 can drained marinated artichokes (not in oil)
– 3/4 cup pesto
– 1 cup sundried tomatos (if dried until hard then pour 1/4 cup boiling water of them in a shallow dish and allow to rehydrate)

Other Spices/Herbs you might enjoy
– Adobo powder (find it in your latin section. I literally put it on EVERY savory dish I cook)
– oregano
– basil
– dill
– hot sauce of your choice
– dried red chilli flakes
– cayenne pepper powder
– curry powder
– parsley

Pretty much if it’s in your fridge and you’re worried about it going bad- throw it in the hummus. Caramelized onions? Fine! Blue cheese and walnuts? They’ll go great with the artichokes. Asparagus? I don’t know, but you might as well try it.

Serving Suggestions
– Tortilla chips (the cheapest and easiest)
– fresh pita wedges
– If you have a pizza stone throw those pita wedges on it at 450degrees and you’ll have pita chips.
– Make a hummus pizza with feta cheese and olives as toppings. You’ll be surprised.

Posted on November 15, 2007, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. >Dude, horseradish/wasabi hummus. It's the shit. Try it today!!

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