Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hummus

I love hummus and it's so easy to make at home! I found this great recipe that I've been using with a few minor adjustments. The biggest difference is I rinse and cook the chickpeas first. I've found that it makes the finished hummus taste much better. I also cook the garlic in my toaster oven. No point in heating up the whole kitchen for 3 little cloves!


Ingredients

3 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 15 oz. can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons tahini paste
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika

  • Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place garlic cloves on a small piece of foil and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Seal foil to form a pouch, and roast garlic in oven until soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. Pour chickpeas into a microwavable container. Cover and cook on high 2-3 minutes. Let cool slightly and transfer to the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Add the garlic, lemon juice, tahini paste, water, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, and 1 tablespoon olive oil, and process until the texture is light and fluffy but not entirely smooth, about 2 minutes. 

I generally serve hummus with tortilla chips or crackers, but it's also great with sliced vegetables and pita bread.

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE hummus and make it like every other week (never seem to post a recipe though - I need to get around to that). I have never heard of cooking the chick peas first, I will have to give that a shot! Thanks for sharing - YUM

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  2. Give it a try! I think cooking them really improves the flavor. :-)

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