Looking for an easy homemade hummus recipe? This recipe is fast, easy and economical.
Easy Homemade Hummus
My family is addicted to my homemade hummus. It's a snap to make in the food processor, and it keeps well in the fridge for a quick and easy snack. We love to eat it for dinner with good sourdough bread, along with meat or fish or soup. It also makes a great sandwich spread with meats or cheese.
This homemade hummus is especially wonderful when it's warm in the spring and summertime. I love serving hummus at a family BBQ. And hummus is a great way to get protein, plus fresh garlic and nutritious olive oil into your family.
I used canned beans to make this a fast, last-minute recipe. It is more economical to make this recipe with dried beans — just soak them and cook them in advance. (You'll need 1.5 cups of dried beans to make this recipe. Here's how to convert dried beans to canned beans.)
I use a lot of garlic and lemon, because I love stronger flavors. I also use a lot more olive oil and tahini than most recipes call for because I want to get more of these good fats — they're good for you! If you want a more mild hummus, just add more garbanzo beans. I usually add a tiny pinch of cayenne and some cumin — but you don't have to add them. Play around with the amounts and use what works for your tastebuds.
Don't Just Use Any Old Olive Oil!
It's very important what kind of olive oil you buy. Most olive oil on the market is fake. Read my post, Is Your Olive Oil Fake? about how 70% of olive oil is adulterated (cut) with cheaper oils like soybean oil and canola oil. Yikes!
My absolute favorite olive oil these days is Burroughs Family Farm Organic Olive Oil. The olives are grown on a family farm in California and it's 100% real organic olive oil. You gotta know your farmer!
What's really fabulous about Burroughs Family Farms Olive Oils is you can get them in a variety of flavors: basil olive oil, garlic olive oil, lemon olive oil, and orange olive oil. Try some of the flavored varieties at your next BBQ or family meal your friends and family will love it!
Easy Homemade Hummus
Food processor (this is my favorite food processor — I've tried others and nothing beats this one)
Garbanzo Beans, organic (3 15-ounce cans, or 1 1/2 cups of dried beans, soaked in water overnight and cooked)
Juice from two lemons
Olive oil (3/4 cup)
Garlic, fresh (3-4 cloves), crushed (to taste)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper, a pinch (optional)
Cumin, a pinch (optional)
Paprika, a pinch (optional)
1. Throw everything in the food processor and blend until mixed well.
2. Taste and add seasonings accordingly.
3. Garnish with a pinch of paprika and serve with sourdough bread, or organic pita bread.
Here's a photo of Kate yawning, sourdough bread at the ready, while she waits for Mommy to quit taking pictures already and LET ME AT THAT HUMMUS!
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