I have a different type of blog post today. Last night my husband and I made hummus to eat as an evening snack. We both love hummus but, being newlyweds in our mid-20s with student loans to pay off, we haven’t been able to justify buying hummus from the store because it’s just too expensive and between the two of us it just disappears way too fast.
We have made it before (or rather, husband-man has made it before) but it always seems to be grainy no matter how much we blend the chick peas. Last week, however, the tahini went on sale at Sprouts so I had to get some. If you don’t know, tahini is a paste made from only one ingredient: sesame seeds. We had previously used sesame oil to add moisture and flavor, but the tahini makes all the difference! The hummus we made last night was creamy and flavorful.
The following recipe is from the back of the tahini container, so I cannot take credit for the recipe.
1/2 cut tahini
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
2-3 cloves garlic (I recommend 2…or maybe roast it first to take off some of the edge)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
pinch of paprika (we only had smoked paprika so I didn’t add any)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups canned chick peas (we used 1 can plus about 1/2 a cup we had leftover from another recipe)
So, the first step is painstakingly tedious, but if you want smooth hummus this step is vital.
Remove skins from chick peas. Separate and throw away the skins because I can’t imagine any good use for them. Tip: if you pinch the ends, the peas just pop out and you’re left with the naked chick pea.
Step 2: Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor.
Step 3: Keep blending and blend until it is smooth.
Step 4: Consume this delicious, homemade, cheap[er] hummus with someone you love.
Step 6: Use mouthwash to get rid of the garlic smell/taste.
Step 7: Chew gum to get rid of the garlic smell/taste.
Step 8: Eat something else with a strong taste to get rid of the garlic smell/taste.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 5-7. Sleep. Repeat.