I love making homemade hummus because I can make it my own and add flavorings as I like. If I’m making it for others, I can simply make a batch of plain hummus and set out spices and additions for others to add based on their preferences. Hummus is so easy to make and requires so few ingredients. This weekend I found that I already had all of the ingredients and since I was “iced in” and couldn’t get myself to the grocery store, it made perfect sense!
- 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
- 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
- 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (I used juice from half of a lemon, but add more to your preference)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients using a blender, food processor or immersion blender. (Side note, this is when I LOVE my immersion blender, because I can blend directly in the bowl, and serve – saves a lot of cleanup as opposed to the food processor). Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.
Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus. Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. I like to garnish with parsley, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, Kalamata olives, etc. Serve with veggies like cucumbers, pita chips or pita bread.