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Hummus: Easy Party Food – Just Add Pita Chips

December 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Hummus /photo by Laurie of I Have to Cook Anyway Blog

A friend is now making hummus as a snack, but it’s a perfect party food for guests who like dips with more than than just spinach or onion dip and sour cream in them.

The pureed cooked chickpeas offer protein, a lemony, earthy flavor that goes as well on celery or red pepper strips as it does pita chips.

It’s simple and inexpensive to make at home with either a blender or food processor.

Here’s a basic recipe – vary it by adding finely chopped olives, cayenne pepper, pureed roasted red pepper or eggplant.

Hummus

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed; reserve liquid
  • 2 to 3 cloves minced garlic or to taste
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup tahini (more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for serving
  • water or reserved bean liquid, to thin
  • salt and pepper to taste, optional

Put chickpeas in food processor or blender container and process briefly to break up. Add garlic, lemon juice and tahini and process. Wipe down sides of container with spatula. With motor running, add oil and process till smooth. Add salt and pepper, if desired, to taste.

Serve, with olive oil drizzled on top, with pita chips. (Cut pita rounds into wedges, separate layers. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with cumin, and salt lightly. Bake at 350 till crisp. These will store in airtight container for 2 weeks.)

Alternately, serve with cucumber slices, celery sticks or crisp jicama sticks.

You can add ground cumin, some chopped cilantro, pureed roasted red peppers, chopped green or kalamata olives, or chile oil to the hummus to vary flavor.

Hummus doesn’t freeze well, but keeps in refrigerator for 3 weeks.

Tags: Holiday cooking · Recipes: What's Cooking!

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 George P // Dec 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    It’s very tasty stuff. I make a more lemony version with extra lemon juice, plus grated lemon zest.

    Publix has tahini in the ethnic foods aisle, but I prefer the much thicker, tastier brands available at the cool little Mideast Grocery near the courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach.

  • 2 Karen Dennis // Dec 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Good tahini is key! There are lots of Israeli-Middle Eastern places that sell wicked tahini in Hollywood and Aventura as well

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