Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Making Tuesday Tasty-Traditional Hummus

There are tons of recipes out there for Hummus. Many variations of it. This one is for the traditional flavors that incorporate olive oil, lemon, and garlic. I've been on such a kick lately, it's so yummy and a lower calorie snack! You cannot make this without the Tahini, believe me I tried. It just doesn't taste the same or have the same texture of flavor. Even worse, I tried it with peanut butter as one recipe suggested, it was disgusting! Also, if it comes out too dry or coarse, just add some water to thin it out to your liking. This is crazy easy and if you don't have a food processor, just use a blender.


1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil


Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.

Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).

Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.