Hummus seems to be emerging as a new “health food.” And while it is very healthy, and very tasty – it doesn’t need to be very expensive or bland. The basic ingredients of hummus are garbanzo beans (or chickpeas), a little olive oil, lemon juice, and a little garlic and salt. Just stick everything in your food processor or blender, and puree until it is the consistency you want (I prefer mine a little chunky!). From there, you can pretty much add anything that you want to add more flavor. Here are a few variations that I tried last night..
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, reserve liquid
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
For lemon-parsley hummus (pictured above) add:
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
For sun-dried tomato & basil hummus (pictured below) add:
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil (use the oil too)
1/4 cup packed basil leaves
1. Put all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender, and puree until desired consistency. Use the reserved liquid from the garbanzo beans to reach desired thick/thinness.
Great with pita bread!!