Bonus Saturday Recipe – Hummus!

As pita bread is my witness – I am never buying hummus again!

What the heck is in hummus that makes it so expensive in the store? A good premade brand is over $5.00 a pound and the store made stuff at the fancy-schmancy gourmet grocery is nearly $8 a pound. The reason they charge so much is because of people like me – lazy people. The only ingredient that is difficult to track down is the tahini, which is sesame seed paste. That same gourmet store has a 12 ounce jar of tahini for about 5 bucks. That might sound a bit pricey until you realize that a batch of hummus only uses 3 tablespoons of tahini, and a 12 ounce jar is going to last awhile.

So – what mysterious ingredients make hummus so expensive anyway? Here is what you need:
1 15 oz can of chick peas/garbanzo beans
1 large clove garlic
2 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons tahini
salt to taste

Drain the chick peas, but save the liquid and measure out about 1/3 cup of it. Put that liquid and the remaining ingredients in a food processor and process for 2 to 5 minutes until very smooth. If it is too thick, add a bit more of the liquid from the chick peas. Here is an exciting action shot straight from my kitchen – the hummus whirling around in my my cheap but serviceable processor.
I think I like this shot better though
So that was tough huh? All that arduous processing! One thing I like to do that does stretch the time needed just a bit is to slice the garlic very very thin, put it and the olive oil in the recipe in a small saute pan over very low heat for a few minutes to bring out a bit more flavor. It also smooths the garlic out some which is kind of important with this garlic which Larry buys from a guy at work. He grows it in partnership with his Dad and it’s the most flavorful garlic I have ever had, but it can be a bit much raw, in something like this. And of course, you can adjust the flavors to suit your taste – more lemon, less tahini etc. This is a very basic recipe too – you can add roasted red pepper, diced jalapenos, grilled, chopped eggplant or whatever else you think might be good. Now get going – you still have time to get some made before cocktail hour!

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13 Responses to Bonus Saturday Recipe – Hummus!

  1. Ellyn says:

    That looks very yummy. It is very good with kalamata olives in it too.

    Love the serving dish!!

  2. actonbell says:

    I love hummus, and think it’s the tahini that most contributes to the expense. Great recipes!

    And I found you through Black Box. I don’t think I can stop this…

  3. Sara says:

    Oh, I read these and wish I had an ounce of adventure in me, but in truth I am a farm girl who wants fried pork chops, potatoes with milk gravy and corn. I don’t think my mom ever used a pepper in a dish in my whole life. I think I’m too plain for Hummus. :)

  4. Laura ~Peach~ says:

    ok I am a very shelterd person and have never heard of this what do you do with it… is it like a dip??? seems like i have tried chick peas once or twice but for the life of me cant recall what they might have been in…. SIGH

  5. Laura ~Peach~ says:

    I like what sara like :) fried chicken/ chops taters milk gravy corn or peas… thats yummmmmmmy

  6. Gayle's Joy In Life says:

    The hummus recipe looks great. I’ll be shopping for the ingredients tomorrow.


  7. Gayle's Joy In Life says:

    The hummus recipe looks great. I’ll be shopping for the ingredients tomorrow.


  8. noble pig says:

    Maybe it’s the electricity to grind the ingredients?

    Beautiful photo!

  9. Judi~Gmj says:

    One of my family’s favorites. Not hard but then they are lazy folk. It is so much easier to smile and beg mom. Add roasted egplant and it’s baba-ganoush! :)

  10. dlyn says:

    sara – live a little girl! I bet Riley will like it – I know my Riley does! :D

    Laura – hummus is a Middle Eastern dish – a dip or topping for other ingredients. Most grocery stores carry it in the dairy or deli sections. It is often eaten with pita bread , cut into wedges or on veggies or crackers. It’s yummy stuff and actually pretty healthy with lots of fiber and not much fat.

    actonbell – I love the BB! I have found so many iunteresting blogs with it.

    Cathy – duh! I forgot all about electricity! I bet that is the reason :)

    Hi Gayle – let me know how you like it, ok?

    ellyn – no Kalmatas around here right now – we will have to make do with grape tomatoes.

    judi – I do like it with eggplant, but prefer it plain. I like my eggplant in Moussaka!

  11. Ashmystir says:

    Oh Dlyn! Thank you thank you thank you. Your pictures are wonderful and I bet the hummus tastes even better. Gotta go print this recipe now.

    Take care!


  12. Egghead says:

    This looks good. My sister makes a really good version of hummus but it is pretty spicy. I’m not sure what she puts in it but it is really good. I might give her a call to see how she makes hers. All I know is it is too die for on crackers.

  13. Tea says:

    That garlic shot is gorgeous–clearly your camera is back in fighting form.

    And I think you and your pot are going to be very happy together:-)

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