11/14/08

Hummus 3 Way

I absolutely love hummus. Love! I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. The best part is it's insanely easy to make. All you need is a food processor, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper....and the possibilities to "spruce it up" are endless!

Earlier this week I made a basic hummus recipe and then added 2 special ingredients to it to make it...well, special :)

Basic Hummus Recipe
2 cups garbanzo beans
1/3-1/2 cup liquid (water, or liquid from canned garbanzo beans...or part of each)
2 tablespoons tahini
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper

In a blender puree all ingredients until they are well incorporated and smooth. Add more liquid/salt/pepper if needed. Feel free to add olive oil to taste.

I then divided the basic hummus into 3 parts: one remained as is, and I added a few tablespoons of store-bought pesto to the 2nd part: Pesto Hummus.
I put the last portion of basic hummus back into the food processor and added one roasted pepper and pureed the whole thing together to make Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
Here they all are: ready to be enjoyed.

Note: looking back, I should have cut down a bit on garlic because pesto already had a lot of garlic, and combined with the garlic in the basic recipe it was a bit overwhelming.

Other suggestions: in the past I've added sundried tomatoes to hummus; you can also experiment with olives, or try my butternut squash hummus recipe.

14 comments:

recipes2share said...

I love hummus too...I understand what you say, but the question almost begs - how can you possibly have too much garlic?? Seriously, these look great & what a good idea to add a red pepper - lots of vitamin C too!

BlueToYou said...

LOVE the presentation!

cathy said...

Yummy! My plain hummus recipe is very similar to yours - so good! Love the way you convert it to pesto and red pepper hummus. Very nice!

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing. I have actually never tried hummus before!

Holler said...

I really like the sound of the pesto hummus! yum!

Paz said...

I love hummus, too. Love your presentation here. Yum, yum, yum!

Paz

Heather said...

Oh I just love all your different humus versions.

Katie said...

Yum! I love hummus. These varieties are so creative!

Kevin said...

Hummus is one of my favorite snacks, especially the roasted red pepper hummus. I like the sound of a pesto hummus!

gaga said...

Mmm, beautiful. Such great ways to make hummus even better!

Jo said...

I love hummus so so so much! These look perfect :)

Jo said...

Ohhh... and you should totally enter the pesto hummus in the pesto challenge! It is perfect for it!

http://kitchengirljo.blogspot.com/2008/11/pesto-challenge.html

shushka said...

I love hummus - but I've never made it myself. I'm afraid that I'll mess it up horribly and it'll just ruin my hummus loving all-together!!
Yours all look great. I love the colors.

Liliana said...

I love hummus and your variations sound delicious. I will definitely have to try them.