Friday, January 20, 2012
Quick and Easy Hummus
After my last post I had a request to print my hummus recipe. This recipe came from Najah Joseph, the owner of a local restaurant. If you've ever paid $5 for an itty bitty container of hummus from the grocery store you'll never go back after trying this. It's simple and takes only about 10 minutes using a regular blender. Best of all, it makes a huge amount of hummus, enough to take to a party and still have some left over for yourself.
Najah Joseph's Hummus
19 oz can chick peas
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch of salt
1/2 c. tahini sauce
1/2 c lemon juice
Drain half the water from the chickpeas. Put peas with remaining water and garlic into blender. Blend until you have a smooth puree. Add tahini and blend again to mix well. Add lemon juice and pinch of salt and continue to blend until smooth.
When serving, spoon hummus onto a flat serving dish and pour 1 tablespoon olive oil over. Do not stir olive oil into mixture. (I skip this step as it is delicious without the extra fat and calories.)
Tahini sauce, also known as sesame paste, is available in the international food section of most grocery stores.
Try adding hummus to a pita filled with veggies, use it as a substitute for butter or cream cheese on a bagel thin or use it as a dip for fresh vegetable slices. It's a good way to add a little extra protein to your meals or snacks.