You know what I freaking love? Hummus. I like to spread it on sandwiches, eat it with chips (I love me some Triscuit Thin Crisps Originals!), and have it with veggies. Or I don’t know, eat it by the spoonful. When a a “family pack” is only two cups (and $5), this can be a problem.
Luckily for all of us, hummus (like peanut butter) is ridiculously easy to make. All you’ll probably need to buy is chickpeas (Hummus is Arabic for “chickpeas”) and tahini (sesame seed oil).
I know that you may be thinking “chickpeas and ta-what? I’m not going to go buy those!” but let me tell you a secret: tahini is less than $6-10, and chickpeas are well under a dollar. Make this recipe twice and you’re already saving money. It’s like buying coffee beans to make your own coffee instead of going to Starbucks—the upfront is a little more, but that bag of beans is actually a lot cheaper if you consider how much coffee it yields!
Another “win” of making your own hummus is that it’s endlessly customizable. I’ve seen everything from chocolate hummus to green chili hummus out there!
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp salt
- 2-15.5oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup plus two tablespoons water
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¾ tsp paprika
- Start food processor (or blender) on High and drop the clove of garlic through the feed tube and process until finely chopped (about 10 seconds).
- Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process on Low until smooth (3 minutes).
- To serve, drizzle olive oil sprinkle paprika on top.
For ultra-smooth hummus, "pinch" the shells off of the beans after you rinse them.
If you find that your hummus has dried up, drizzle some olive oil on it to rejuvenate. Add paprika to the top of the hummus for a nice aesthetic touch!
I asked my roommate what kind of a song would pair with hummus, and she thought for a minute and said, “hummus just makes me think of hipsters hanging about in the sunshine.” I totally agree! So, here you go. I’m not sure that Young Empires would be considered “hipster” per se, but I still feel that this song pairs well.