Many people do not think to make their own hummus, even thought it is so simple to do. I smile everytime I walk past the hummus display at the grocery store and see medium size containers of hummus selling for $5. I mean seriously, I can’t possible pay that much for some chickpeas. I am going to tell you my basic hummus recipe and then you can modify it anyway you want by adding different flavors.
Here is what you need:
1 can of chickpeas
olive oil to taste (about 2-4 tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves roasted garlic
The first thing I do is peel 2 garlic cloves and place them on a piece of heavy duty tin foil. Heavy duty tin foil is essential or put the tin foil on a tray. The last thing you want is olive oil leaking out all over you oven. Next drizzle the garlic cloves with some olive oil (about 2 tsp). Finally sprinkle the olive oil with about 1/2 tsp. of salt. Then form the tin foil into a ball being careful to seal in the garlic and olive oil. I like to roast mine in the toaster oven so that I do not have to heat up my oven. Either way, roast the garlic at 375 for about 13-15 minutes or until it is golden brown. You have now done most of the work to making hummus. The rest is so simple and fast to whip up.
Next pour one can of mostly drained chickpeas into your food processor. I drain out about all but 1-2 tbsp. of the liquid. I keep a little bit of the liquid because it helps to cut down on the amount of olive oil that needs to be added. Next squeeze half of a lemon into the food processor. Then add the roasted garlic with the oil it cooked in. Finally add salt and pepper to taste.
As you blend the hummus, you will need to drizzle in some olive oil to make it smooth and to get it to the consistency that you want. I add anywhere between 2-4 tbsp. Do this slowly so you do not add too much. Blend your hummus until smooth, wave your magic wand and voila! The best hummus you will ever have and so much cheaper than store bought.
There lots of things you can add to this hummus recipe to give it different flavors. Here are a few:
*roasted eggplant (I roast about 1/2 and eggplant drizzled with EVOO in the oven until tender and then add it to the blender)
*roasted red peppers
*tahini (a sesame paste that you can buy ready to use)
*Sun dried tomatoes
*za’atar (a delicious middle eastern spice that is so yummy in hummus)
The sky is the limit with the options of flavors to add to your hummus. What do you add to your hummus? I can’t wait to hear about how you make yours! Hope you enjoy this recipe!
On a side note, this recipe is sure to please everyone. My 3 year old is sitting right now eating it with a spoon. 🙂