A New Dish a Week: Homemade Hummus

This is another backlog post… on HUMMUS! I think I probably first tried hummus post-college. The idea of it just wasn’t appealing to me. Most likely, I tried it at a work party (we have a bunch of vegetarians). I think I probably tried it on accident and I am SO glad that I did; just delicious. Since that first time, I have had a lot of hummus- some not as good as others, but generally, if it has been made with garlic or olive oil or roasted red peppers, I have loved it. Andrew, on the other hand, doesn’t love hummus. One day, he suggested that we make our own and that perhaps he would like that more. So, off to the store we went, having no idea what we’re doing other than purchasing garbanzo beans and tahini (which I’ll admit, I had no idea what it was until we picked it up off the shelf).

I don’t remember what we put in our first batch but it was awesome. I pretty much ate the whole thing. Andrew said he liked it more than the store-bought kind, so I’ll chalk it up as a success. So, the other week, I was craving hummus… so we went out and got a can of garbanzo beans and set off to make a delicious concoction. And we succeeded! Andrew may not be eating it by the spoonful, but I’ve had it every day this week with breakfast and lunch and I just can’t get enough! I can’t wait to try new varieties of hummus!

Ingredients
1 Can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 Garlic scapes (had in our farm share, you could use 2 cloves of garlic instead)
3 Teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 Teaspoons black pepper (we used a grinder, not necessary)
2-3 Shakes of a red chili pepper flake bottle
1 Tablespoon tahini
Salt to taste

Directions
1. Dump the garbanzo beans and garlic scapes (or garlic) into a food processor and process until relatively smooth (we make sure the garlic is chopped up as best as possible- with scapes, you’ll have little chunks).
2. Add in the tahini, cayenne, pepper, and red chili flakes. Pulse to combine.
3. Add salt to taste.
4. IMPORTANT: If you let the hummus sit a few hours (overnight is best!) in the refrigerator, the flavors will really mix well and you’ll have a tastier product!

Side Note: for a tasty tasty sandwich, use 2 slices of sourdough bread, a Tablespoon of hummus (or two!) spread on the bread, add a few leaves of fresh basil, and a slice of turkey– DELICIOUS!

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One thought on “A New Dish a Week: Homemade Hummus

  1. Yum! Hummus is my fave!

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