Homemade Hummus

It takes just a few simple ingredients to make homemade hummus—chickpeas, olive oil, lemons, garlic, paprika and tahini paste.

Make your own tahini paste by toasting sesame seeds in a non-stick fry pan, being careful not to burn any. Put toasted seeds in a in blender, adding olive oil to desired consistency.
1 cup sesame seeds makes about 2/3 of a cup of tahini.
Keep stored in the refrigerator

Experimenting with flavors, such as roasted red pepper, olives, toasted pine nuts, cheeses or sun dried tomatoes. I found you can pretty much mix anything in a chickpea base and create a wonderful flavored hummus.


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients:

4 large roasted red bell peppers (How To)
3 large garlic cloves, minced
Dash cayenne pepper
2 - 16 1/2 oz can of chickpeas(garbanzo), drained and rinsed
3 Tbls tahini
4 Tbls olive oil
1 tsp Paprika
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt and white pepper, to taste
Dried dill, crushed for dusting


Directions:

In a blender or food processor add roasted peppers, garlic and cayenne. Puree until smooth.
Remove 2 Tablespoons and set aside. Add remaining ingredients and puree. Spoon onto a serving platter or bowl
placing the reserved roasted pepper puree in center of hummus, swirl slightly. Dust with dill. Serve with pita chips and cut vegetables.



Homemade Hummus Greek Style

Ingredients:

1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 - 16 1/2 oz can of chickpeas(garbanzo), drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped

Directions:
In a blender or food processor add cucumber and tomatoes. Puree until smooth.
Remove 2 tablespoons and set aside. Add remaining ingredients except the feta cheese. Blend until smooth
Spoon onto a serving platter or bowl
placing the reserved cucumber/tomato mixture in center of hummus, swirl slightly. sprinkle with olives and feta. Serve with pita chips and cut vegetables.



Mediterranean Hummus

Ingredients:

1 can (15 ounce) whole, peeled tomatoes
1 Tbls dry basil
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
2 - 16 1/2 oz can of chickpeas(garbanzo), drained and rinsed
2 Tbls tahini paste
juice of one lemon
2 Tbls olive oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1 Tbls basil

Directions:

In a blender or food processor add first 4 ingredients. Puree until smooth.
Remove 2 tablespoons and set aside. Add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth
Spoon onto a serving platter or bowl placing the reserved tomato mixture in center of hummus, swirl slightly. Serve with pita chips and cut vegetables.


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