After my trip to Greece I’ve had quite a hankering for Mediterranean eats. Something I’ve yet to try is homemade humus. So I got the ingredients and set to work.
1 cup uncooked chickpeas
3-4 cups water
2 tbs tahini paste (one recipe called for 1/2 a cup which was way too much. Tahini is a sesame seed and olive oil paste used for seasoning. It kind of tastes like really strong peanut butter to me. I found it in the grocery store near the olives and capers. )
1 tbs minced garlic
1 red pepper
1 tsp Ground pepper and crushed sea salt 1 whole roasted red pepper
- Prepare chick peas as directed on the package. I did the quick method of boiling which takes under 2 hrs; about 50 mins of boiling and then another hour or so of sitting.
- Wash red pepper. brush with olive oil and broil on low for around 20 mins until the skin gets darker. Take out of the oven, let it cool to the touch, and remove the skin with a knife.
- Combine chickpeas, tahini, garlic, water and blend in a food processor. Once you get it to almost the consistency you want (add more chickpeas and water to adjust), drop in the roasted red pepper, salt, and peppers and blend again.
- Serve with pita chips or warmed pita bread brushed with olive oil and crushed salt.
- Add olive oil (yes… more olive oil) and paprika.
This is super simple and tastes pretty yummy! There are literally dozens of types of humus you can make, so get creative! I’m going to make some more this week for work, but I haven’t decided what kind yet… any suggestions?