Thursday, February 21, 2008

opa! i made some hummus!

since delana (my girlfriend) was having to work late tonight i figured i'd take the time to try something new in the kitchen.i've been wanting to try and make some hummus but just haven't had the chance so i decided to seize the moment or in this case, the can of garbanzos that has been in my pantry ? months and go ahead and make it. my list of ingredients was short as well as the tools i would need. here's what i used:
  • 1 can- 16 oz - of garbanzo beans or chick peas. you'll drain these but be sure to save the liquid - it's going to help make the hummus nice and creameee
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Food Processor
  • 1 Can opener

based on what i've seen, you can add tahini paste if you have it but it's not a must have. i didn't have any and didn't deem it worth the five dollar splurge. you can also add lemon juice but i didn't have any of that either so again,just went those few basic ingredients. once you've got your beans rinsed, just throw them into the food processor along with the garlic and pulse away, drizzle in the olive oil and some of the reserved liquid in between pulses and once it's reached your desired consistency whoila! it's done. personally, i did about a tablespoon of the liquid but once again this is something you can definitely do to taste. pour the hummus into your serving dish of choice and go ahead and season it with the salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. once it is to your liking, you can garnish it off with some pine nuts or i would say even some chopped almonds. for me, im just going to leave it as is. i'm open to suggestions though because really i haven't had to much experience with this but it just sounded good. here's a preview...

disclaimer: no plates were broken in the production of this hummus...

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