For those of you who like hummus (we do!), you should try this recipe. Our search to find a good store brand hummus has been futile for years. The store brands are either too oily or too sharp or too diluted by whatever flavor the manufacturer tries to mix in. Please take our advice: make your own. You won’t regret it. After even the first batch, you can start to judge if you want more chickpeas or more garlic or more salt; keep making adjustments until you get hummus perfect for your tastes. Even better, you can add much less salt (and no preservatives) than the store brands!
Hummus is much easier to make now that you can get pre-made tahini. After our diatribe about store brand hummus, manufactured tahini may seem like a contradiction. Here’s the difference: the commercial tahini brand we buy (Krinos) has the following ingredients: sesame seeds. That’s it! Hard to mess that up, and if you have tried to make your own tahini paste in either the food processor or by hand with mortar and pestle, you may appreciate that it is very tough to get the right consistency. Buy the tahini (lasts a long time in the refrigerator) and make the hummus.
This recipe from the Spring 2013 Penzeys catalog is great. The spinach makes a great base for the mix, and the Turkish Seasoning gives the hummus a potent punch. This recipe comes from Marsha Cassel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here is the link. As with most homemade hummus, you can make the hummus in your food processor in about three minutes. Enjoy!
1 14-oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
5 oz. fresh spinach leaves
2-3 garlic cloves (or ½ tsp minced garlic)
2-3 Tbsp tahini
2 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of half a lemon)
2-3 Tbsp Penzeys Turkish Seasoning
1-2 tsp ground pepper
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
In a food processor or blender, combine the chickpeas, spinach, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, Turkish Seasoning (Penzeys) and black pepper and pulse to combine. Add olive oil and continue to pulse until it reaches the consistency you like.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: none