July 15th, 2008
Hummus is one of those extremely versatile recipes. Once you get your basics down, you can do just about anything with it. The following recipe is for a basic hummus that can be easily adapted to accommodate your favorite flavor combination. Whenever I make a batch of hummus I use the pantry and refrigerator for inspiration; I have even included a couple of my favorites for you to try.
Basic Hummus Ingredients (Garlic Hummus)
1 can (14 ounce) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
⅓ cup tahini sesame paste (Paste of ground sesame seeds, easily found in your local grocery store)
½ cup flat parsley leaves, and roughly chopped
1 garlic glove, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
Basic how to make hummus
- Place garbanzo beans, tahini, parsley, garlic and lemon juice in food processor. Process until ingredients are well incorporated and mixture is smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. You may also need to add additional lemon juice to your liking. You may also add more olive oil to adjust the texture.
Spicy Cilantro and Sun Dried Tomato Hummus Recipe
- In step 1 of the basic hummus recipe replace parsley with ½ cup cilantro and add 1 small dried Thai chili or 1 diced jalapeno (ribs removed).
- Hydrate 4 medium sun dried tomatoes in a couple tablespoons of water, roughly chop and add cilantro, chili and tomato to food processor.
- Process until smooth and move on to step 2 making seasoning and texture adjustments as necessary.
Artichoke Hummus Recipe
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 from basic hummus recipe adding 1 can (14 ounce) of artichoke hearts (drained and halved) to food processor.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe
- Grill one whole red bell pepper on until skin blisters and becomes black on all sides. This can be done on the stove or bbq grill. Place grilled pepper in a brown bag of a dish covered in plastic wrap. This will cause the pepper to sweat, making the skin easier to remove.
- Remove skin and seeds and discard, roughly chop pepper and place in food processor completing steps 1 and 2 from basic hummus recipe above.
You can serve your homemade hummus with pita bread, chips, crackers, fresh crudités (raw vegetables ready for dip) like carrots, celery or even green beans. Add a fresh squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil right before serving. I also use it as spread for sandwiches.
For homemade pita chips, cut pita bread into triangles pieces, spray with cooking oil and toast for 10 minutes or so in the oven at 350°F.
>>>> Well that's my favorite variations that I make at home. I would love to try egg plant hummus, and that is on the to do list. Hopefully you liked it! Feel free to make your own comments about your best hummus recipe too, or improvements and ideas. Thanks!