Basic Hummus Recipe



Who wants to cook when the temperature outside is nearly 100 degrees?  I certainly don’t want to fire up my stove, so why not whip up a batch of hummus:

  • 1 can (large) of chickpeas (save some of the water from the can)
  • 1 half lemon (squeeze for lemon juice)
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil (1/2 cup)
  • Tahini Paste (2/3 cup)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic

Set up your Cuisinart mixer and add garlic and pulse until the garlic is nicely minced.  Next, add your chickpeas (without water) and tahini and get your mixer going on automatic.  Add the olive, salt, and lemon juice.  If the mixture is too thick, then add some of the chickpea liquid. 

NOTE: The key to hummus (as is the case with any recipe) is to constantly taste the mixture!


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    Oh – how you tempt me! This hummus sounds delicious! I have the pita… if only I had a Cuisineart mixer 🙁 Guess its baked beans again…

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  4. Add some cumin to your Hummus. You can combine all the ingredients in a blender – you can keep all the water from the chick pea can too, but don’t add the tahini yet. Blend it all and pour out. Then add the Tahini. The tahini acts as a a thickener. By adding after it’s poured out of the blender/Cuisinart, it saves you cleaning. The cumin is a staple spice in mid-eastern cooking.

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