09 December 2010

Hummus

Even a hardcore carnivore such as myself has vegetarian and vegan friends. What's something that has protein in it, is filling and fits the vegan requirement not to bring violence or oppression to animal or insect? Honestly, I think hummus is the only vegan-approved thing we make.

Hummus:
3-6 large garlic cloves
2 15½ oz cans chick peas, drained and rinsed to remove excess salt
¼ C tahini
¼ C fresh lemon juice
up to 1¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
½ C olive oil
When I was a poor graduate student, I would try to make this by crushing chickpeas in a ziploc bag using an old wine bottle as a rolling pin.  I do not recommend that technique.

Chickpeas

Place the chickpeas in a food processor.  Pulse until well-ground.

Add all the other ingredients, save the oil.  Pulse until well-ground.  Slowly add the oil while grinding in the food processor.

oil

You want a nice chickpea, garlic, olive oil emulsion.

hummus

Chill in the fridge a few hours prior to serving.  Serve with veggies or mushrooms.

5 comments:

Mike said...

I'm a big fan of hummus - you've got me craving it now. I really like it as a sandwich spread instead of mayo.

Dave said...

Great recipe. I like adding a little Aleppo pepper to mine. I think I'll send this to my dear wife and see if I can get a bigger food processor from Santa ;).

Bbq Dude said...

We've been known to have veggies and hummus for dinner. It's not a bad way to go (though the post-hummus garlic breath can be alarming).

Laura said...

I have to admit, I haven't made homemade hummus since a disastrous attempt in a blender many years ago for the sole purpose of impressing my new Arabic boyfriend. He married me anyway.

Bbq Dude said...

Laura,

That sounds like there's a story in there. Does it involve chickpeas splattered on the walls of your kitchen? I have a story that involves scalding hot pea soup and a blender that ends badly...

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