Keeping things simple in a not so simple world


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There are as many different ways to make hummus as there are people in this world.  I’d like to share with you my basic recipe and some variations on flavor combinations.  This is a very basic recipe.  I do not usually measure my ingredients and I never use tahini because my partner has a strong dislike of it.  The most important ingredient here is the olive oil.  I use a Spanish olive oil from Trader Joe’s.  Spanish olive oil has a fruity intense flavor unlike Italian olive oils, which I find to be bland.


In a food processor, place 2 cups of cooked chickpeas, 1 tablespoons lemon juice, 3 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper.  Add several drizzles of olive oil, blend.  Add more of the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and pepper until it reaches desired taste and consistency.

Flavor variations 

-Add some very finely chopped preserved lemons.
-Add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil.
-Add red pepper flakes and oregano.
-Add garam masala, cumin and coriander.

You can also use this basic recipe and any of the flavor combinations with white beans. Add only 1/4 tablespoon of lemon juice to start and 2 cloves of garlic. If using white beans, you could also add a few anchovies as well.

Serve with veggies or crackers.


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