Monday, July 8, 2013

Simple and Delicious Hummus Recipe

   This is a super simple hummus recipe, from scratch. None of those canned garbanzo beans! Trust me you'll taste the difference. While it takes a little planning, actual active time in the kitchen is only about 20 minutes.

Simple Hummus: What you'll need

- 1 cup dried garbanzo beans (You can find these in the bulk section of most any grocery store)

- Juice of one small lemon

- 2 Tbls tahini (aka sesame paste)

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- 1/4 cup water

- 1 tsp salt

- 2 cloves of garlic


Step 1- To get started you will want to soak your beans. Overnight works just fine but I prefer to soak them for longer, this allows for more of the phytic acid to neutralize, they take less time to cook, and I feel the taste is best when soak time is around 18 hours. 

Step 2- Drain and rise your beans.

Step 3- Pour beans into a medium size pot with a fitted lid. Fill pot with enough water to cover the beans by at least two inches.

Step 4- Simmer on low for 30-45 minutes or until beans are tender. (Cook time will vary depending on soak time)

Step 5- Drain beans, but save 1/4 cup of the cook water for adding to the final hummus.

Step 6- Once beans have cooled sufficiently, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.

Notes and substitutions: This is a very basic recipe that is easy to spice up. You can add things like sun dried tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, cumin, paprika, feta...the possibilities are endless! Also if you want to lower the amount of oil, add a little more of the cook water and lessen the amount of oil. It's great as a dip for chopped veggies and also tasty in wraps.