DIY: Hummus


Woah!  I'm back?  Well, really I'm on vacation and blogging just seemed like the sort of thing you do on vacation.  Anyway.  This is my take on Hummus.  It's completely DIY and a little rough around the edges, but who cares when it tastes so good?  

The Tahini

The first issue when making hummus is the tahini.  It is really expensive (like upwards of $7 expensive) when you buy it pre-made.   This is what I do...  


DIY Tahini 
(adapted from thekitchn.com)

2 cups of white sesame seeds
1/4 extra virgin olive oil

1.  Heat a heavy bottom skillet over med-high heat.  Add seeds and toast until slightly golden.  This takes about two minutes and you'll start to smell toasty-ness.  I usually stir it around with a wooden spoon a bit, just to prevent it from burning. Remove from burner and let the seeds cool completely.


2.  Next, add seeds and the olive oil to your food processor.  Blend until it has the consistency of peanut butter.  Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl every once in awhile to get all the seeds.


Tada!  You have DIY tahini.

The Hummus

Now here's the good stuff.  Remember that this is completely adaptable.  Do you like more garlic, hate lemon or want to add some fresh herbs??? Do it.  Why not?  Be adventurous.   This is why I say it's DIY.  I prefer a lot of lemon and others do not.  Such is life.

DIY Hummus: My Style
(Also adapted from thekitchn.com)

1 16 oz can of Garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tbl olive oil
1/4 cup Tahini
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 whole preserved lemon (lemon juice can be substituted)
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika


1. Place all ingredients (except for the olive oil) in your processor. 


 2. Blend for a few seconds and then slowly drizzle the oil while the processor is running.  Make sure you check your consistency, it took me a few tries to get it the way we like it it.


3. Eat.

Yup, that's it!  Simple as ever.  I like this with pita chips, but my husband likes carrots better.   Do what you want with it, and eat what you want with it.  

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