There's HUMMUS Among US

Torrey Moseley

By
@Torrey

Ok, so not EVERYTHING I make has to have butter in it. I do have the ability to make healthful fare...and this is one of my healthiest dishes (and oh-so tasty too). It's great as an appetizer spread on chunks of pita or crackers, or used as a dip for raw vegies or pretzel rods. I am posting several "variations" to try, but really...the sky is the limit when creating new flavors.


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Prep:

10 Min

Ingredients

BASIC HUMMUS

1
15 oz. can garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas, ceci beans, chana, indian pea, bengal gram)
1 Tbsp
tahini (sesame paste)
2 to 3 Tbsp
plain yogurt or lite sour cream
1 to 2 Tbsp
evoo
1 to 2 Tbsp
chopped garlic (approx 3-6 cloves)
1 Tbsp
dried herb of choice (oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, etc.)
coarsely ground salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste
additional evoo to drizzle on top (optional)
smoked paprika, or parsley to garnish (optional)

VARIATIONS: START WITH BASIC RECIPE AND ADD FOLLOWING:

PESTO

1
bunch fresh basil
1/2
cup pine nuts

ROASTED RED PEPPER

1/2
cup roasted red peppers (packed in oil from a jar)
1/4 tsp
cayenne

SUNDRIED TOMATO

1/2
cup sundried tomatoes (packed in oil from a jar)
1 Tbsp
oregano, dried

CHEESY

1/2
cup grated hard cheese (parmesan, romano, asiago)

NUTTY

1/2
cup chopped nuts your choice (walnuts, almonds, pecans)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Note** Garbanzo beans are also called: chickpeas, ceci beans, chana, Indian peas, and Bengal gram...who knew? They are an EXCELLENT source of protein, folate and fiber.
2
Rinse and drain garbanzo beans. Dump them in food processor
3
Add remaining ingredients into food processor and whirl until smooth (may leave a few lumps if you like more texture).
4
If mixture is too pasty, add a little extra yogurt and/or EVOO and continue processing until it reaches desired consistency (like coarse peanut butter). Season to taste. Drizzle with a little extra EVOO and garnish with smoked paprika and parsley (if desired).
5
Once you have the basic hummus made...don't be afraid to MIX IT UP by trying your hand at one of the variations I posted (or make up your own). I invited a friend over a couple of weeks ago to teach her how to make this, and we made 5 different varieties.
6
Serve with pita pieces, crackers, pretzels, fresh vegies. Also great as a sandwich spread. Best of all, not only does it taste fabulous, it's GOOD for you.
7
Store in covered container in fridge. Will last a week or so.

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #beans, #garbanzo, #hummus