I have recently become obsessed with hummus! We go out to a restaurant and that’s all I crave –hummus and pita bread, hummus and cucumber, even hummus by itself. Because it’s not cheap to just run out and order it when I want, I decided to try and make it. Let me tell you, it’s super easy to make and much better than the pre-made store brand that they have out there.
So, I scowered the internet looking for a recipe, because I have no idea what goes into it besides chickpeas and found this amazing recipe on Food Network by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons water or liquid from the chickpeas
- 8 dashes hot sauce
Turn on the food processor fitted with the steel blade and drop the garlic down the feed tube; process until it’s minced. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Taste, for seasoning, and serve chilled or at room temperature.
I found this recipe not only simple, but very yummy! I do have a few things to note that I found helpful, after making it a couple of times. First, the tahini was pretty expensive and I didn’t realize until I bought it that it’s very similar to peanut butter or almond butter (which incidentally is much cheaper), so I recommend experimenting with those before shelling out the cash for tahini.
Also, I tweaked it a little with the garlic. Don’t get me wrong, I love garlic, but I didn’t want the hummus to be overbearing with a garlic flavor.
Other than that I pretty much stuck to the ingredients, served with warm pita bread and cucumbers for dipping and I have my much cheaper and much yummier snack in the comfort of my own home.
What did you think of this recipe – hit or miss?