I love Hummus, really love it. It is healthy, delicious and versatile. You can be “naughty” and dip chips in it, or go “healthy” and use vegetables or homemade crostini. Whichever you choose as your “transportation vessel” for this tasty snack, there is no reason to keep buying Hummus at the store when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost, and in about 10 minutes!
The recipe here is for a very basic Hummus, but like all the varieties you see stocked on the shelves of your local supermarket, you can flavor it however you want. If artichokes are your passion, throw some in! If Siracha is your pleasure, throw a tablespoon in! lemon, roasted garlic, fresh garlic, spinach, pine nuts, olives, the possibilities are endless for how you can flavor your hummus.
Super Easy Hummus:
- 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans (Drain the beans, but SAVE the “juice” you drain off)
- 1 & 1/2 Tablespoons Tahini (don’t be scared off by the price, usually about $9-$12 per jar, it will last a long time)
- Juice from 1/2 of a Large Lemon, or 1 Small Lemon
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Cup of the “Bean Juice” that you set aside earlier
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (you can add more at the end if it is too thick for your liking)
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and allow to “process for about 2-3 minutes or until smooth and “Hummusy”. You may want to wipe down the sides and pulse or process more until everything is the same consistency.
- Transfer to a dish and if desired sprinkle with some crushed red pepper
- Great dipping ideas are Endive, Red Pepper Strips, Broccoli, Carrots, Green Beans, Snow Peas, Cauliflower, Celery, Crostini, Pita Chips, Fresh Bread, Sesame Bread Sticks, Pretzels, and just about anything else that can be a vehicle for deliciousness!
And of course, enjoy!!!! What kind of Hummus flavor varities do you like?