Thursday, January 21, 2010

In which I make hummus that doesn't suck

Remember the juicer from here? It's finally getting some use.

A few months ago, I tried making hummus for the first time. You never heard about it here, because it was a disaster. With the consistency of wet concrete (I'm guessing) and nothing going on, flavor-wise, it was a disappointing experiment. A surprising one, too, because I'd followed a recipe from one of my most trustworthy cookbooks. Shrug. Maybe it was the stars.

Striking out anew, I chose a different recipe for my hummus adventure. And this one worked.

It was everything a good hummus is supposed to be: creamy, tangy, a little bit salty, and (considering it's basically mashed chickpeas) decadent-tasting. If I was vegan, (and I'm not) hummus would be my comfort food of choice. (With ice cream, macaroni and cheese, and milkshakes still in the running, however, I'm afraid hummus takes a back seat.)

Anyway. The recipe.
Hummus adapted slightly from 200 Best Vegetarian Recipes, by Martha Kates Shulman
2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned is fine)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 tbsp sesame tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp leftover liquid from the beans, or plain yogurt, or sour cream
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1 food processor (not optional, though I suppose you could use a blender)

Put everything except the chickpeas and the parsley in your food processor, and blend until the garlic has gone from chunky to obliterated. Add the beans, and process until hummus-like in texture. Add the parsley, and pulse until evenly distributed.


Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Congrats! It's hard to make hummus that doesn't suck!

Alli said...

Mmmmm, that looks delicious! I love your pretty photos, too.

Kristina said...

Thanks gals! I rushed home from work a tad early just so there'd be a little daylight left for the first one. That probably certifies me for Acute Blogitis or something...

Angela said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I've enjoyed looking around yours. I just ordered garbanzo beans from my coop today so I can't wait to try your hummus recipe!

Kristina said...

Thanks Angela-- glad you stopped by mine as well. Have fun with your garbanzos...

Meg said...

I seriously, seriously love hummus. Thanks for the recipe! I'm going to have to try it out!

Kristyn Knits said...

I so love hummus! but I've not tried to make it myself. now maybe I will!

Bethany Hissong said...

I had the same experience with hummus too and I gave up trying to make it... until now! Thanks for the recipe!! ;)

Mireya said...

Nice work! I love hummus; I've only made it once but my husband doesn't like it and I ended up eating it all by myself! I suppose that's not so bad :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Perusing through yours and loving it so far!

Jessica said...

Hey! Thanks for the comment on my blog :-) I actually just imported my blog to WordPress but would love if you became a follower, here's a link:

ps love your hummus post!

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman said...

Hey, thanks for commenting on my blog! I am definitely going to try your hummus recipe. Also I like your photos. :)

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Karine said...

Great job with your hummus! It sounds delicious :)

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