I love hummus. Well, I love flavored hummus. Plain hummus usually does nothing for me but I thought it would be a crowdpleaser at our Superbowl party. I’m glad I made it because it might be my new favorite quick and healthy party food. The fresh ingredients really make a huge difference. I actually do like plain hummus!
3 cans of cooked, rinsed garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1/3 cup tahini
1 tbsp. crushed garlic
The juice from one lemon
1/2 tbsp. grated lemon zest
1/3 cup EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste
A word on the tahini here up front: You can’t make hummus without it. You can find it near the peanut butter at your local Whole Foods (I’m sure it’s in other stores but this is where I found it). Tahini on its own kinda tastes gross, it’s a roasted sesame seed paste, but in the hummus it’s wonderful.
Drain and rinse 3 cans of garbanzo beans (chick peas).
Juice and zest your lemon.
Combine everything (chick peas, tahini, garlic, lemon) in your foodpro and let her rip! Process until everything is basically blended together, it will be chunky. Stream in your EVOO slowly so that the mixture becomes more uniform and very smooth. Once it looks silky and smooth, taste it and adjust your seasonings accordingly. Add as much salt and pepper as you like!
Put in a festive bowl and serve alongside crackers, pita bread, crudites, or pretzel sticks!
Some flavor variations I plan to try are mixing in fresh chives, roasted veggies, scallions, and maybe even whole seed mustard!