This is in reply to all re Hummus. i have been making my own for a few years now. I use canned chick beans or other beans. (black very good). I add whatever I want to it depending on how I feel mostly. I use mushrooms, olives, roasted peppers or whatever i have at the time. I also have a recipe that calls for sesame oil (1 tblesp. to 2 of olive oils or whatever you want. I vary it. I use to use Tahini found it in Wholde Foods health market. to me, keeping it in the fridge unless you use it up quickly it seemed to solidify. prefer using the sesame oil and olive oil. I use it mostly for lunch on whatever I have usually, whole wheat totillas. hope this helps.
I just bought some pretty tasty Greek hummus. The ingredients are chickpeas, water, olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and oregano. When this runs out I will trying making my own. I keep most of these ingredients on hand so it would be cheaper for me to make. It was tasty on whole wheat crackers and raw broccoli.
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I don't cook at ALL but I do make my own hummus because premade hummus is so expensive. I like my hummus spicy. I use canned beans I drain and rinse them. I add hot peppers and hot sauce to the food processor. It makes lots and it so good.
OregonGrandma, making your own hummus is pretty easy. I start with dried beans, but you can use canned.
I don't measure anything, so once you've used a recipe once just do what you like!
Soak dried hummus (chi chi, garbanzo beans) overnight in water to cover generously. Next morning drain and recover with water. Bring to a boil, skim, and simmer 1 hour or so (it might take 1.5 or even 2) until beans are tender. If you're making the whole thing into hummus just cook until it's REALLY soft (we also like to eat them cooled, plain, with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and in that case I like a little texture to them). Drain and cool a bit (just so you don't get burned).
Put about 2 cups beans in your blender or food processor. Add about 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste, and if it's not 'prepared' you'll have to use 1/4 cup tahini and 1/4 cup water, blended). Add 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or more to taste). Add 1 clove garlic (or more to taste). Blend until all is smooth. Add more water if needed. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Add a little olive oil if you want (I usually don't). We like to add lots of parsley, so much that the hummus turns a bit green.
The only brand of American hummus I like is Sabra - the others are too lemony, IMHO.
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