Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Joy of Snacking: Quick and Easy Hummus

If you are looking for a no-fuss simple snack, hummus is an easy choice. Hummus can be served with toasted pita wedges, spread in a wrap or with raw cuts of vegetables.

When it comes to store bought brands, I feel every hummus on this earth pales in comparison to Sabra. It is just the most delicious ever. However, in my household it has practically already been eaten before I have finished unpacking the groceries and at nearly four bucks a container, it's simply not economical.

For a fraction of the cost, you can create your own hummus at home with a food processor or blender. The essential requirements are a can of garbanzo beans (drained, but reserve the liquid for re-adding later), lemon juice or citric acid and olive oil. Other than this, customize to your liking. Add tahini for the most authentic flavoring. Other favorite hummus additions are garlic (minced or in garlic salt), cumin, paprika, parsley, onion powder or even a few sprinkles of cayenne.

If you have a little extra time, add some roasted or sauteed vegetables to enhance the flavor. Try red and green bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, eggplant or black olives. It's really up to you.

To get your hummus perfect, it's mostly trial and error. Process your ingredients in your food processor and taste. Not salty enough? Splash some in. Not creamy enough? Add some oil or water. Lacking...taste? Give it some.

Bottomline, keep playing with it until you get it perfect. It will keep well in a plastic or ceramic container, if you are actually able to have some leftover.

1 comment:

  1. We're usually eating the Sabra hummus in the car on the way home from the grocery store! And you're right, it is pricey.
    As a vegan I'm ashamed that I have not yet made my own hummus! But now I am totally going to try this recipe. Thanks!