Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus
Hummus Ingredients

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t think they like Hummus, you might not want to give up just yet.  I don’t like that prepackaged hummus they sell at the store either.  My friend, Mahfuza, showed me how to make it myself and I have loved it ever since.  It’s not at all difficult.  You will need a food processor.

The basic ingredients are:

1 can of garbanzo beans          2 T. Tahini          Juice from half a lemon          Garlic clove is optional

Garnish with black olives, olive oil, paprika.

Put the beans, tahini, lemon juice and cut up garlic in the food processor.  This does fit in a small one.

When you open the can of garbanzo beans, pour out 1/4 c. of the juice.  You will need it later.  Empty the rest of the juice off the beans and rinse.  Add about half the juice.  Some people like their hummus stiff and other like a little more loose. Add the water to adjust it to your preference.  It is important to process the beans all the way and it takes at least five minutes to get it smooth; ten if you like it really smooth.  That’s all there is to it.  You just made Hummus.

Hummus
A Snack for Dave

You just serve it in a simple bowl with a few olives, some olive oil and paprika.  Dave likes a smaller meal every now and then and this with a handful of Wheat Thins or Saltines is just perfect for him.  Usually, it’s eaten with Peta Bread or some other kind of Mediterranean bread, but crackers work fine, too. Yes, it’s got some carbs, but they are the good kind and by making it yourself, you can eliminate many of the unhealthy things that are in processed Hummus.  Nutrition facts.

Once you have the basic recipe made then you can add different flavors if you want to make it more interesting.  Like basil and tomatoes for an Italian taste.  You can substitute lemon juice with lime juice, add some jalapeno AT THE END! and it would be more Southwestern.  I have a smoked seasoning I use once in a while and serve it with a little bacon, too.  That’s also good.  Hummus is something that is only as limited as your imagination.

Please keep checking back at my website for more easy recipes that are old fashioned, from scratch and even a little healthier than the mixes and cans and boxed stuff.

 



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