Friday, October 12, 2012

Hummus Recipes

Okay…so here is another TWO-FOR-ONE recipe that is all about hummus!  I love hummus and make it in many different varieties.  You can use hummus as a dip, filling, or even sandwich spread.  One favorite preparation is for my Cumin Scented Hummus Soup.  When I thought about it at first I didn't think it would taste too appealing but then I tried it and it was absolutely amazing!  Check it out:

  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon or Lime juice
  • 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas), rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini (Sesame Paste)
  • ¼ - ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the Soup:
  • 1 Cup Hummus
  • 1 ½ - 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon or Lime juice
  • Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Scallion, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño, minced (remove seeds for minimal heat)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds

First, combine garlic, salt, pepper, juice, garbanzo beans and tahini in a food processor and process until pasty.  Stream in Olive oil until hummus reaches desired consistency.  I like it thick, but not too thick…plus I let it process for a minute to get it nice and smooth.  THAT’S HUMMUS!

Second, put hummus, chicken stock, cumin, and juice in a pot and heat to a bubble over medium-high heat.  Season the soup with salt and pepper to your liking.  I suggest starting with a cup of stock and add until it is the thickness you like.

Finally, season the soup with salt and pepper, ladle into bowls, and garnish with scallion, jalapeño, and sesame seeds.  Serve with some pita chips, bread, or whatever you like.

This is an invaluable two-for because you can do so many things with it.  Try putting sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers in your hummus!  The sky is the limit so go crazy.  Just make sure you try this because you will be HOOKED!  

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