Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Garlic Hummus

Homemade Hummus. Did you see this coming? After making tahini sauce, it was only natural to use it in a hummus recipe.

As a vegetarian, I always find it a challenge to come up with different fillings for sandwiches. Hummus, my friends, is the ultimate solution. It is easy to make, delicious to eat, and packed with protein. I made a big batch of this stuff almost 2 weeks ago, and I've been eating it ever since. Just freeze it in portions and let it defrost the day before.

The raw garlic in this recipe gives the hummus a nice kick. Be warned however, that this means you will have garlic breath. I have garlic breath almost every single day, so I'm now used to it, the BF is too. Not having to worry about garlic breath -- one of the best things about a long-term relationship.

The measurements here are estimates. The great thing about this recipe is you can add more of this and less of that depending on your tastes. Add some heat with a bit of cayenne, richness with more oil, or (my favorite) an extra kick with more garlic. Mmm...garlic breath.

Hummus Recipe (adapted from Simply Recipes, makes about 2 cups)
* 3 garlic cloves, minced and then mashed
* 1 15-oz cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed, OR about 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (keep can or cooking liquid)
* 1/3 cup of tahini
* 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 1/4 cup liquid from can of beans or cooking liquid from beans (I threw this out by accident so just used water)
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1/4 teaspoon of salt

In a food processor, combine all ingredients. Process until smooth. Add more olive oil if necessary to achieve desired consistency.


  1. HUMMUS!!! I LOOOOOVE hummus. It was going to be my next post actually, but I'm going to post sorbet and then hummus. I put cumin in mine. ;-)

  2. I LOVE hummus. I crave it daily. Really. It's crazy.

    The best thing about BOTH of you eating this hummus is that who cares who has garlic breath? Delicious.

  3. Where did you find your BF? I sometimes have to let my love of garlic fall by the wayside if I have a date coming up. :P

    This looks like it would be perfect to nosh on late at night with veggies and crackers!

  4. I was planning to try making hummus sometime soon and your easy recipe makes it a must-do.

  5. I really like hummus and this recipe looks like one that I would enjoy, because garlic is also a favorite. I just keep my favorite breath mint nearby cause it works like crazy. Then I don't worry about whether my date likes garlic or not.

  6. Ooh Ms. Meanie! I've been meaning to make hummus, and this looks so delicious. Your top photo is extra beautiful and appetizing. Makes me want to sit outside and eat hummus while sipping on a cold drink!
    p.s. Sometimes I find it challenging to find 'new and exciting' proteins too. Hummus is always good though, and it can be twisted a bit to be different if needed (smile).

  7. hummus is one thing that i always insist on making myself--i prefer to tweak it to my every taste and desire. i like your recipe!

  8. I was worried when I saw the post title, but 3 cloves really is not all that much. I really love hummus and you just HAD to make it after your tahini recipe!
    Looks yummy!

  9. I love the new header! I'm new to the world of hummus. I need to try your version.

  10. Fantastic after talking about Tahini. I'm always happy with my garlic breath after a good hommous!

  11. I love Hummus....I can never get enough and this recipe looks and sounds awesome.

  12. There's just nothing better than homemade hummus. This looks so delicious!

  13. oh garlic-breath is no deterrent for me! I'm korean, so I eat enough garlic to kill a vampire. Love the looks of this homemade hummus! :D

  14. This is just about my recipe for hummus! Love it! Who cares about garlic breath! Too delicous to worry about that!