Hummus is a simple and tasty dip made from garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas). With Middle Eastern origins, it is a popular appetizer found in restaurants and grocery deli departments throughout South Lake County Florida. You can enjoy this snack at home for a fraction of the cost by learning how to make hummus from scratch with our quick and easy recipe (no cooking required).
Homemade Hummus Recipe
Yields: 8 appetizer servings
Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas), Canned, 15 ounces
Garlic, 2 Cloves, Minced
Large Lemon, Juiced, 1/4 Cup
Tahini (sesame seed paste), 1/4 Cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/4 Cup
Water, 1/4 Cup
Salt, 3/4 Teaspoon (to taste)
Pepper, 1/4 Teaspoon (to taste)
Cayenne Pepper or Paprika Powder, Dash (to taste)
Step 1 – Prepare the Hummus Ingredients
Gather and measure the ingredients. Tahini is the one item you might not have readily available in your pantry. It is a paste or butter made from ground sesame seeds. It can be found at most grocery stores near the peanut butter or nut butters. Be sure to stir the Tahini before measuring as the oil will naturally separate. A jar will last a long time if you refrigerate after opening to maintain freshness. In a bind you can make Hummus without the Tahini but it doesn’t have the same depth of flavor.
Mince the garlic or run it through a garlic press. You can use more or less garlic depending on your personal preference. The same goes with the lemon juice (just change the water/lemon ratio so together they equal 1/2 Cup).
Rinse the garbanzo beans under cold water and drain. As you rinse move the beans around with your hands. you will notice a thin clear layer of skin separate from the chickpeas. Remove and discard this layer for a better consistency.
Step 2 – Process Hummus In Food Processor or Blender
Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
Step 3 – Serve Homemade Hummus
Let the hummus dip sit for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve at room temperature with pita chips, flat bread, carrots, or raw veggies. It is also tasty with a little olive oil drizzled over the top. Refrigerate any leftovers. You can successfully make this dip the day before, refrigerate, and then serve at room temperature.
Once you master the traditional Hummus Recipe don’t be afraid to experiment. It tastes great with the addition of one complimentary ingredient such as artichokes, olives, pine nuts, or roasted garlic.
About: This recipe was submitted by Tracy Z of Clermont FL as part of our Heart of South Lake Recipe Collection.