Friday, November 2, 2007

Good dip.

Hey, do you like hummus? I love it and so do my kids. It's a good source of protein and fibre, too!

I used to buy the commercially-prepared stuff, but now I just make my own - it's really easy. Here is the recipe I use:

1 14 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup tahini (this is just toasted sesame seeds that have been pureed - I find it in the ethnic aisle of the store in a large, pickle-jar-size container)
2 cloves garlic, quartered
1/4 cup water (add more if the mixture seems too thick)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Whoosh it up in the food processor or blender until smooth, creamy and spreadable.

If you like it spicy, add some red pepper flakes.
You can also add some roasted red pepper or sun-dried tomato.

Serve with raw veggies, crackers or toasted bread. I usually make my own "crackers" thusly:

Cut small, whole-wheat tortillas into wedges, arrange on baking sheet.
Spray wedges lightly with cooking spray.
Sprinkle with garlic salt or your favourite spice blend (I use McCormick's Roasted Garlic & Peppers).
Bake until crispy.



Swistle said...

Whuh? I came to the computer TO LOOK FOR A HUMMUS RECIPE, and I got distracted by my RSS reader, and...THIS!

Jess said...

You and Swistle are psychic! It's amazing. Also, I only recently discovered the joys of hummus and I will totally try out this recipe instead of just buying a tub at the store. I usually eat mine on toasted whole wheat pita with alfalfa or clover sprouts. Mm.

Banana said...

Hmmm, homemade hummus.

Beck said...

Humus is the awesomeness, definitely!

Family Adventure said...

Yummy...even at 8 am.

Heidi :)

JMC said...

LOVE hummus, but it never dawned on my little pea brain to MAKE it. It sounds pretty simple, though, so I think maybe I will.

Artemisia said...

I could eat hummus every day. Love it. Whenever I try to make it, I never get the proportion of tahini and lemon right; I am excited to try out your recipe! Thank you.

Jen Maier said...

I LOVE hummus! Especially the homemade long as someone else makes it ;)

Misty said...

You are so smart. You bloggy girls have inspired my inner chef. Must try.

Swistle said...

Tried the hummus this morning! It's YUMMY. Paul made it with the red pepper flakes, and the combination of flavors is so good. First a garlicky flavor, and the sesame, and then the lingering spice. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Does the tahini need to be refrigerated? How about the hummus itself?

LoriD said...

Swistle - I refrigerate both, although I just checked the tahini and it doesn't say one way or the other. It doesn't hurt it to keep it cold, as in it doesn't get hard and unscoopable.

Tessie said...

I love, love, love hummus with baby carrots. I've never tried making it before. Why did I think tahini came in a tube?

LoriD said...

Tessie - that's why I mentioned the container. I couldn't find Tahini for the longest time because I didn't know what I was looking for.