Ahhh! Hummus. One of the 7 Wonders of the food world. Hummus goes with pretty much everything (broccoli and other veggies, crackers, olives, etc), is healthy, and it’s really easy to make your own at home. One thing I absolutely love about hummus is that you can make it any flavor/type you want!
Today, I made hummus flavored with garlic and red pepper. Even though it has pepper in it, it’s actually a very mild hummus and has just a small kick of heat to it.
1 cup cooked chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/2 cup tahini
2 garlic cloves
juice from 1 lemon
6 tablespoons water (you may need more)
few sprinkles of salt
red crushed pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
olives (for garnish, optional)
You can use canned chickpeas for this recipe if you’re in a hurry. I used garbanzo beans. Soak them overnight in 3 cups of cold water. Drain, then add the soaked garbanzo beans to 3 cups of water and heat until boiling. Boil for 2 minutes, then lower to a simmer. Partially cover the pan, and let cook for about an hour and a half. Yours may not take as long, or may take longer. Stir occasionally and check to see if they are soft. If the water evaporates and they’re still not soft, add a cup of hot water and continue to simmer. Foam may build up on top of the water. Remove it with a spatula or spoon.
Combine chickpeas/garbanzo beans, tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, salt and peppers, and water in a food processor (or blender). Pulse until smooth. You may need to add a little more water, depending on the consistency you prefer your hummus to be.
Spoon the mixture into a bowl and sprinkle with more cayenne pepper, if you’d like. Top with olives (I prefer green but black work just as well). Serve chilled, with veggies and crackers.