Saturday, March 28, 2009

Eating Together: Hummus

"...we shall eat it with rice for lunch, brothers, sister."

Why buy hummus when you can make it?

At Giant hummus costs between 3 and 4 dollars per little container. Whereas a can of garbanzo beans or chic peas from which hummus is made costs 75 cents. Sometimes you can get a can for less than that. Here's what you do:
1. Drain the liquid from the can of garbanzo beans
2. Empty the beans into the blender or food processor

3. Add 1- 2 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice
4. Add 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
5. Sprinkle over the beans, etc. 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 T dried or 3 T fresh dill, 1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 T fresh Basil, chopped.
6. Grind black pepper onto this according to taste (3 or 4 twists?)
Chop all this in the blender until the beans are in little pieces (about the size of -- little pieces)
If you like onion and garlic, or hot pepper, now is the time to add this. You should chop the fresh onion and garlic before putting them in the mixture. You could use roasted garlic which should mash up easily.
7. Pour 1/2 C olive oil into a measuring cup. (You may use less)
8. With the blender or food processor running, slowly -in a thin stream - pour the olive oil into the mixture. You will see the mixture smooth out and lighten in color. By pouring the oil in slowly you are creating an emulsion.
9. Taste and correct the seasonings.
Serve on french bread slices or with tortilla chips. I use hummus when I make dairy-free lasagne. It is also great on a sandwhich made with wheat bread, lots of fresh lettuce or spinach and a slice of pear or apple.

This recipe makes more than twice the amount packaged in stores like Giant and Trader Joe's. Garbanzo beans are high in protein and are best eaten with whole grains.


  1. thanks for this! I wonder if Liam would like hummus? We might have to give it a try :)
    Also, I'm enjoying that picture with and...Jack? You are such a beautiful lady! and he is a real sweetie :)

  2. I am going to try this! I tried to make hummus once and Ben and I thought it just tasted like dirt. So I am excited for your recipe!

  3. Hey Heather, That picture is of Joey. I always had to shave his hair because it grows straight out of his head. Its so funny :) Anyway, I am sure Liam would like Hummas. All of the kids I know like it.

  4. Mom, you might want to add the dirrections for your home-made corn chips which go very well with the hummas.