Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quick & easy hummus at home

When I was little, I insisted that I didn't like hummus. I'm not sure why - maybe I had a bad batch or something? I rediscovered it a few years ago (when it exploded in the culinary world again!) and have loved it ever since. It's healthy, delicious, and good on just about anything. What's not to like?

Hummus is one of those things that always makes me cringe when I reach for it in the store - the little voice in my head is always screaming "you could make that, so much faster and cheaper!" Le sigh. It is true, though. Look: quick and easy hummus at home, faster than you can jump in the car and head to the store to buy it. Trust!

 
Homemade Hummus
Lightly adapted from Alton Brown
Ingredients 

  • 115-ounce can chickpeas, drained 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or 1 tablespoon pre-minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 3 tablespoons tahini, stirred well 
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
Add all ingredients to food processor (or blender, in a pinch) and pulse to combine until desired consistency is reached. Start with 1/8 cup of olive oil, and add a little more as necessary to bring together and smooth out.

Hummus is a wonderful vehicle for all sorts of flavors: you could add more garlic to the recipe above to make garlicky hummus, or add cumin for a different flavor. For the hummus pictured above, I added a frozen chipotle pepper in adobo (I always freeze whatever is left after I open a can) and made a spicy chipotle hummus. Other ideas: fresh basil, chili powder, roasted garlic, kalamata olives, 1/2 a fresh jalapeno - whatever you see in the store can be reproduced at home!

3 comments :

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

I really need to get on making this myself. We almost ALWAYS have hummus in our fridge, yet I have all the ingredients to actually make it in my cabinets. Major laziness fail. Now I'm determined...

Jess @hellotofit said...

I'm all about making hummus at home, now! I used to spend the $3-5 each week buying a package, but it's SO much cheaper (and better-tasting) from home. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa C said...

This looks almost too easy. And it's just as simple to add in the different toppings (like extra I-want-to-kill-a-vampire amounts of garlic).