A quick easy hummus that’s affordable, healthy, and just plain good!
A lot of people out there like hummus, and a lot more people have no idea what is in hummus. While most of us are spending up to $7 for a small container of “Gourmet” hummus, I’m making my own and doing it for a lot less. In reality, this mysterious foreign fare is actually just ground chickpeas and a sesame paste called tahini. That’s it. . . that’s all that you’re eating when you get the hummus platter at a restaurant for $8. Sure they’ve probably added some stuff to it, but you can do that with stuff laying around your kitchen and make something that tastes even better. So let’s begin!
- 2 Small 5 Oz Cans of precooked Chickpeas (around 2 Cups) (Drained, reserve the liquid)
- ½ Cup of Tahini (Tahini can be found in most grocery stores, it’s a Sesame Paste, similar to Peanut Butter in Texture)
- 1 Lemon Juiced
- 2 Cloves of Garlic Finely Minced
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 2 Tsp Pepper
- 2 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
- ½ Tbsp Olive Oil (just for texture)
- Oh wait. . . just put all that stuff in your blender or food processor.
- Get it to a smooth texture, add tahini, the reserved chickpea liquid, or olive oil if you need.
- Garnish with Lemon zest and roasted red peppers
Are you asking why you’ve been paying so much money for something so easy to make? I bet your bitty that the over garliced, dry paste you got from the grocery store cost you more. You could strip this recipe down to just tahini, chickpeas, and a little olive oil if that’s all you have. The tahini might run you about $5 dollars for a medium size container, but I doubt you’ll ever use all of it. I ended up throwing out mine after 4 or 5 rounds of making hummus. Now go and enjoy the delicious Mediterranean flavors of hummus without the European prices.