me + hummus. hummus + me……anyway you look at it, it is a match made in heaven.
i love hummus. it is so creamy and earthy. i love a simple hummus with cumin, loads of garlic and a little kick from cayenne pepper. while you can find great store bought hummus, you can taste the difference in the freshness of homemade hummus. it is cheaper to make your own, and it is so easy to make. tahini is an essential ingredient that helps bring quite a zest and depth of flavor to hummus, so do not leave this ingredient out.
for those of you who snub your nose at hummus without ever trying it, i say to you: be brave; take a taste. it tastes MUCH better than it looks. and it is healthy! you can use it in place of mayonnaise and other fattening sandwich spreads. instead of fattening dips, dip your veggie sticks into a bowl of hummus. it is low in saturated fat and high in fiber and protein. hummus also offers complex carbohydrates to make you feel satisfied and full. if this is not reason enough to enjoy a spoonful of hummus, this may sway you: it is an aphrodisiac; yes folks, it can help your sex life. you see, hummus is made with chick peas, little powerhouses of protein and mood-enhancing vitamins. Fed Federer, aphrodisiac expert and chef refers to chick peas as the “Queen of Aphrodisiacs,” because they are packed with iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium, which are all known to aid in sexual functions and boost physical energy.
ok, i know that it may not be sexy to incorporate hummus in the bedroom, BUT just indulge in a few dollops before the lights go out and who knows………
15-ounce can (425 grams) chick peas, also called garbanzo beans
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
1 large garlic clove, minced (add as much garlic as you prefer)
2 tablespoons of olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin depending on taste
2 to 3 tablespoons water or more (to reach the creaminess constituency you desire)
ground paprika for serving
in a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. process for 1 minute. scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds. this helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making smooth and creamy hummus possible.
add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. process for 1 minute, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.
drain the liquid from the can of chick peas, then rinse well with water in a strainer. add half of the chick peas to the food processor and process for 2 minutes. scrape sides and bottom of the processor, and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.
most likely the hummus will be too thick and still have tiny bits of chick pea in it. to fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency meets your taste.
to serve, place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and a few sprinkles of smoked paprika.