My Basic Hummus

People say I make a pretty good hummus so I’m going to throw my basic recipe out there.

You’re going to need a food processor or blender. I prefer the KitchenAid 3.5 cup model for the price and the drip feed funnel on the lid.

Ingredient-wise you’ll need:
– 1, 15oz. can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) [drain and save liquid]
– 4-5 Garlic cloves
– 2-3T. Tahini
– 2-3T. Olive Oil
– 2T. of the saved liquid from the beans (known as Aquafaba)
– 1/2 Lemon worth of juice
– 1/4 Lemon worth of zest
– 1t. Salt
– 1/2t. Paprika
– 1/4t. Pepper, fresh ground

The instructions are pretty straight forward. Combine ingredients in your food processor and puree. Check the consistency and if it’s not up to your standards add (using the drip funnel if it’s on your food processor) about 1/2t. of the bean liquid (aquafaba) and puree. Repeat this process until the consistency is at your preferred density.

Tahini is the ingredient that makes hummus what it is. Don’t be like some friends of mine who wouldn’t use it or else you’ll end up, like they do, with a bland bean paste.

Changing the flavor and style is easy enough. Here are some quick edits:
– Use 6-7 roasted garlic instead of raw.
– Use a roasted red pepper, omit aquafaba unless adjusting consistency, and use only 1T. of olive oil.
– Add about 2T. of sun-dried tomatoes, omitting aquafaba if they’re oil-packed.
– Sub 2 cloves of garlic with 1 green onion

Experiment with whatever you like to make something new!

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