Hummus is so easy to make. Is super healthy and a good looking spread to use in a variety of ways at home. You can use it to entertain family and friends, as a snack with crackers and veggies, or to spread over bread instead of butter. Power house ingredients are; olive oil, garlic, chickpeas, lemon juice, Tahini and sea salt.
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Approximate Cost: $3.65 OR .37 cents per serving
Difficulty Level: X Easy ____ Intermediate ____ Advanced
3 med. size garlic cloves ($.50)
1 tsp. sea or kosher salt (whichever one you have in your pantry at the time)
1/4 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
1 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas drained (keep 1/4 cup of the chickpeas water. I use Goya brand) ($1.00)
1/4 cup of lemon juice (I only use fresh) ($.40)
1/4 cup of Tahini Paste (I use Trader Joe’s Tahini Paste $2.99, but this product is available in many grocery stores) (.50)
1/4 cup of olive oil (I only use Goya EVOO brand) ($1.25)
1. In a food processor process the garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Add the chickpeas, lemon juice, chickpeas water, tahini paste, olive oil and process.
3. For a creamier consistency add more chickpeas water or lemon juice until desire consistency is obtained.
4. Don’t forget to taste in case you need to adjust the seasoning.
Tips: I make this recipe weekly; therefore, for a variety of flavors I add one of the following ingredients to the above recipe to give it a twist. Also, you can use it in bread instead of butter:
1/4 cup of roasted red peppers or 1/4 c of chopped cilantro, flat leave parsley or 1/2 chopped Jalapeño.
When you are ready, serve it in a nice container, garnish with a drip of good extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle sweet Paprika and top with chopped scallions.
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