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Monday, December 16, 2013

Homemade Hummus Dip


I only recently fell in love with hummus dip not even two years ago.  I didn't know what I was missing!  If you haven't tried hummus, you really need to.  And this recipe is easy, you don't need any exotic ingredients on hand.  I specifically formulated this to be made without tahini, which is a typical ingredient in hummus, because I knew I couldn't keep it on hand.  I knew the tahini would expire before I used a whole jar, and I hate waste (of money and resources)!  You will need sesame seeds for this, but you can get them in bulk at most health food stores, and they will keep in your cupboard for quite some time.  I like to store mine in a glass jar.


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas)
4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil - I buy organic, extra-virgin
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 clove garlic
salt, to taste - I use Celtic Sea Salt


Equipment:
Food processor - I love my Cuisinart!
Skimmer - like this
Stainless-steel strainer - like this


Instructions:
I'm frugal, so I buy dried garbanzo beans.  Here I have one pound of beans soaking in water (with a pinch of baking soda).
The next morning, the beans have absorbed a lot of the water.  Drain the water off.
Put the beans in a pan and cover them with water (cover by an inch or two).  Bring water to a boil.
When the water starts to boil, you will see foam develop.  Just skim off the foam and then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and let simmer for a few hours.  For some reason, garbanzo beans don't seem to take as many hours as other types of beans, like pinto.
When the beans are fork tender, drain them through a strainer.
Cooking one pound of beans will yield more than you need for this recipe.  I got about five cups of beans last time I made this.  You could freeze them in 1 1/2 cup portions, so it's more convenient to make hummus anytime you want!

Put 1 1/2 cups beans, along with the other ingredients, in the bowl of a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.

Enjoy!  My daughter made that little smiley face for me.  I was happy that she tried the hummus and really liked it.  In the past she turned up her nose to it.  I enjoy it with fresh, raw veggies, especially bell peppers, broccoli, and sugar snap peas.  What do you enjoy hummus on/with?


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This recipe has been including in Savoring Saturdays hosted by Whole Food Mom on a Budget and Raia's Recipes.


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2 comments:

  1. I love humus! I like that fact that this recipe just calls for plain sesame seeds, instead of tahini, which most recipes do. Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I never keep tahini on hand, so had to come up with an alternative. :)

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