Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hummus

I have been on a Hummus kick lately, Whipping out three batches in the last two weeks. Some people use pita chips or pretzels to dip. I do too, but have found myself using quite a few raw vegetables as well. Crinkle Cut Carrot Chips have become my personal favorite for dipping. They are easy to use and give you a nice little crunch.

This is my Basic Hummus recipe. This recipe is delicious and very easy. It can be used as a foundation for any other Hummus you would like to create. Sun Dried Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper, Chipotle, Basil Pesto, Spicy Pepper, Greek Olive - All of these flavors could easily be added to your basic Hummus recipe to create something unique.

Once you have the basic recipe down, have fun with it! Add this and that to create new flavors. If you wind up with something creative and different, let me know. I would love to give er a whirl myself!

This Hummus keeps very well sealed tight in the refrigerator. When I find myself hungry for a snack, I open the fridge and reach for the hummus and vegetables.  I love that hummus is healthy. I realize there are some calories in it, but they are "good" calories and "good" fats so I don't feel guilty a bit.

Basic Hummus 
Garnished with chopped Greek Olives, a sprinkle of Paprika, and a drizzle of Olive Oil


Basic Hummus

-Ingredients-
1 can of Chickpeas (15oz) drained with 1/3 cup of liquid reserved
2 cloves of garlic peeled and coarsely chopped
2 TB Tahini
2 TB fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
2 TB Olive Oil
1/2-3/4 tsp Cumin
Salt to taste
1/3 cup liquid from chickpeas (mentioned above) OR water.

-Directions-
-Put all of the prepared ingredients into a food processor and blend on the highest speed until it is a nice smooth consistency.
-Depending on the type of food processor you have, you may want to use the pulse button for a while too.
-If you have blended until a very smooth consistency and you would like your Hummus a tinch thinner, simply add more liquid, small amounts at a time until it is as thin as you desire.
-Garnish with Paprika, extra Olive Oil, Greek Olives or anything else you would like.
-Use fresh vegetables, pita chips, crackers, pretzels etc to dip.






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