Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Humble Hummus

Gather the party together:

Garlic, Garbanzo Beans, Olive Oil, Tahini, Lemon Juice, Salt, Pepper, Cumin.

Other supplies:
Food processor or blender, can opener, spoon.

Clean two small cloves garlic and pulse in the food processor.

Open can of garbanzo beans and drain, reserving liquid.  Add beans to garlic and process until even consistency.  Add bean liquid on an as needed basis (usually 1/4 cup or so) to allow beans to process.

Stir tahini until you achieve an even amount of oil and "chunk" in a spoonful. Add two heaping tablespoons to bean mixture.

Add juice of one lemon. Fresh is, of course, better, but not necessary.  Add 1 Tablespoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process, adding olive oil as necessary, until desired consistency.

All quantities are, well, fictional. The only measure I use when I make hummus is my hand, and then I add seasonings according to how I'm feeling that day.

 Today I needed a little extra salt and a wee bit more lemon.

Other spices/flavors that work well in the base hummus: red pepper flakes, thyme, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, roasted red pepper, sun dried tomato, feta, and kalamata olive. The list is endless and the results are always delicious!

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