Hummus...Me and almost everyone else on the planet loves hummus. This is one recipe that I do not understand why more people do not make from scratch themselves. Store-bought hummus costs between $3 and $4 for just a little tub of the stuff!
Just a few basic tips about my hummus recipe. I use canned garbanzo beans that I cook with the garlic before adding to the food processor, or in my case the Ninja. Even though the beans that come from the can are cooked, they still have a raw taste. Raw garlic is way too powerful for something this simple. Occasionally, I might grate one clove into the beans. I also do not add tahini. When I first tried tahini, I did not care for the flavor. Now, it's a matter that while tahini is delicious and provides some important minerals, it is a little pricey. Feel free to use tahini if you like.
Spinach hummus is a variation that Z. suggested. We were lingering over the last few scoops of my excellent hummus and thinking of new snacks we could add to our brown bag-lunches.
This is a great variation on more traditional hummus. The spinach provides a lovely green color and mellows out the flavor of the beans.
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
4-5 cloves garlic, smashed or roughly chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil, more as needed
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4-1 cup fresh spinach
Freshly ground black pepper
Cayenne pepper, to taste
- In a small sauce pan over low heat, place garbanzo beans, garlic, and olive oil. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine and let cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, making sure the pan does not dry out. Add an extra drizzle of olive oil if needed.
- Set aside and let cool to room temperature before proceeding.
- In a small food processor, add the bean mixture, including the olive oil and garlic. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Blend until mostly smooth. If needed, add a drizzle of olive oil.
- Add fresh spinach and blend. Stopping to scrape down the sides.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper or more lemon juice if needed.