Why haven’t I made hummus before now?!

Why haven’t I done this before? Making hummus is probably one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. The hardest part was finding tahini at the grocery store!  This is a nice basic recipe, and you can really spice it up however you’d like.  Some suggestions would be to add roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, horseradish, chili oil, artichokes, spinach – you pick!  I like to serve hummus with pita chips, baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, pretzels, sliced red peppers, or toasted slices of bread.  This recipe is adapted from Barefoot Contessa: how easy is that?, by Ina Garten.

Hummus, makes 2 cups

2 cups canned chickpeas, drained

1/3 cup tahini or sesame paste

4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)

6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)

8 dashes Tabasco sauce (I added about 5 more dashes and thought it was just right)

2 teaspoons Kosher salt

Place the chickpeas, 2 tablespoons of the reserved liquid, the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, Tabasco, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until coarsely pureed.  The hummus should be moist and thick; add more lemon juice if necessary.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours for the flavors to blend.  Taste for seasoning.  If desired, you can top with paprika, or a flavor-infused oil, even toasted pinenuts are nice.  Enjoy!


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