Jan 15, 2012

5 minute hummus

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The men in my life love hummus.  This one's for you.

My husband eats hummus several times a week with crackers, on celery, or on sandwiches.  I can't really complain because it's healthy, but it's not a cheap addiction.  Little tubs of hummus cost $4-$6 and last less than a week in our house.  (This is one of the main reasons for making my own...it came out to be about half the price!)

My dad also loves anything Middle Eastern.  When we go to a local Middle Eastern restaurant he orders the sampler platter, because he can't choose what one item he would like.  So, he enjoys everything from tabouli, baba, falaffel, mishwi, and of course, hummus.

My husband and I are going over my parents' house today, so I decided to make some hummus for us all to enjoy.

This is one of the fastest recipes I've ever made.  I call it 5 minute hummus, but in reality it took no more than 3.  Three minute hummus just doesn't have the same ring to it.  Sorry.

This would be an excellent appetizer to bring to a party or just a side dish for your own homemade Middle Eastern platter.  It would be easy to add roasted red peppers, olives, green onion or whatever flavors you like to this basic hummus recipes.

5 Minute Hummus
Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

-1 clove of garlic, mashed and minced
-1 can (1 1/2 c) of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
-1/3 c tahini (ground sesame seeds, found in the international aisle) 
-3 tbsp lemon juice
-1/4 c water
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1/4 tsp salt

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Puree until the hummus is smooth.  Serve with toasted pita bread (cut into triangles, brush with olive oil and bake for 8-10 mins at 350 degrees), cut veggies, crackers or use as a spread on a sandwich.

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