Monday, April 20, 2009

Hummus - Shower Recipe 4

I love hummus. There are a lot of good store bought kinds out there, but nothing beats freshly made hummus. It also couldn't be easier; you just dump everything into a food processor.

1 (15 ounce) can of chickpeas, drained, reserving the liquid
2 cloves garlic
Freshly squeezed lemon juice from 2 lemons
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste, you can find in most grocery stores)
Several dashes of hot sauce, I like cholula, but whatever is your favorite (Use as many dashes per your spice level. I use about 10)
2 Tbsp of the reserved liquid or you can use water
salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil, just enough to swirl around the food processor at the end
Pita bread to serve with

Place all the ingredients, except for the olive oil, into a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until the mixture is coarsely pureed. Taste for seasoning. You may need a little more liquid. I like to add a swirl of olive oil at the end and then process for one more second.

I like to take my pita bread and cut into wedges. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Warm in a preheated 350 degree oven for a couple minutes. Serve the hummus chilled or at room temperature.

Now that you have this recipe, you can add all sorts of ingredients: roasted red peppers, olives, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, oregano, dill, etc., etc.

Also, you can make this with white beans. I actually added a little leftover white beans in mine this time. I need to use them up and this was perfect.

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