Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Secret to Great Hummus


Hey there! If you've ever wanted to know how to make really great hummus, we've got the tip for you. Any hummus recipe will work better when you use a BLENDER to whip it together, instead of a food processor. We used to use a food processor when making our favorite hummus recipe but recently tried using the blender... and were stunned at the difference! The hummus was creamy and smooth instead of grainy and chunky.

Our hummus recipe was adapted from the one in Sam Stern's Cooking Up A Storm, a fun cookbook geared more for teens, with delicious and easy gourmet recipes.

Hummus

{Serves 4}

Ingredients:
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas
  • 2 garlic cloves or 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • Juice of one lemon (around 3 Tbsp) TIP- turns out awesome if you use a fresh lemon!
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Dash of cilantro
  • Black Olives 8-10
BTW- "Tahini" is just ground sunflower seeds, and has a consistency similar to natural peanut butter. You can find it in the health foods section in most grocery stores!

Directions:

1. Drain the chickpeas and rinse thoroughly.
2. Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan, but don't boil.
3. Add all the ingredients to the blender, heated oil and water last. 
4. Blend until smooth. (You might need to stop once or twice to stir the mixture with a wooden spoon and aid the blending)
5. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or pita bread and try not to eat it all at once. :D


We hope you enjoy this fresh and delicious Mediterranean dish!

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21 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! I'll have to try it; my husband loves hummus. Stopping by from 36th Ave
    ps. Your blog is super cute. :)

    Angela Says

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    1. My dad loves hummus too - and it's definitely one of my favorite things to eat with tortilla chips! :D Thanks for stopping by, and we're delighted that you like our blog! :D

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  2. Mmm thank you for sharing! I only "recently" began to enjoy hummus for it's healthy snackability. :)

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    1. Healthy snackability it is, Rach! And those kinds of things are hard to find, aren't they? Another reason I love hummus so much. ;D

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  3. I can't wait to try this, thanks for sharing the recipe! :-)

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    1. You're welcome - hope you enjoy it! :D

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  4. I lived in the Middle East for 5 years and obviously ate a lot of hummus, in fact I still make it back in New Zealand but it never quite tastes the same as it did in the Middle East. I am most definitely going to try out this recipe.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lee :)

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    1. Hi Lee! That's amazing... I'm sure the real middle eastern hummus was totally awesome! Ours tastes pretty good too. ;) Let us know how you liked it!

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  5. Oh, I also wanted to ask, how on earth does one place a "pinterest" pin on their images. I see you have a lovely one but I am not clever enough to know how to add one to an image, only add one beside or above. Can you help advise me on this?

    Lee :)

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  6. I always make my hummus in a blender too! I also agree you must use fresh lemon!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    PS If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could link up this yummy post to my weekly Say G'day party. It's on now and this would be a great addition!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. Hi Natasha! Oh yes, the fresh lemon makes a world of difference. :D Thanks for the sweet invite to your linky party (and can I just say, "Say G'Day" is the CUTEST name for a link-up!!) We came over and linked up the hummus!

      Have a great week!
      ~Julia

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    2. G'day and Thank you for joining in! I really love this recipe and am going to pin it to my Say G'day Saturday board!
      Best wishes,
      Natasha.

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  7. Hugs and thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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    1. Hugs back, Katherine! Thanks for hosting, we love coming to the linky party! :D

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  8. I love making hummus - now I can't wait to try it in the blender! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods!!

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    1. You're very welcome - the blender is DEFINITELY the way to go. :D

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  9. I want to try this. I have never made hummus but I do love it! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. If you've never made hummus, you should really give it a try, it's so yummy! (especially this recipe) ;)

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  10. Awesome recipe! Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope to see you again next week ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. You're quite welcome, and don't worry, we'll be back. :D Thanks for having us!

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