Hummus Among Us
Homemade hummus is zingy and wholesome, and wildly inexpensive. It makes an ideal lunch-box addition with a handful of carrot sticks and pita chips, and also makes a great sandwich spread. Moreover, you can keep all the ingredients on-hand, and you can make it just the way you like it. For me, and I realize this is heresy, that means no tahini. But I do use plenty of olive oil and lemon juice and garlic and salt. And if I have fresh mint, I use that too (if I don't, I add a bit of lemon zest instead). Plus, I add a tablespoon of pomegranate molasses (that link is the actual brand I love) which is a deliciously tart syrup you can buy at middle-Eastern markets or even at Whole Foods.
Yield: 2 cups
Total time: 5 minutes
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
1 teaspoon kosher salt (use more or less, depending on how bland your chickpeas start out)
Juice of half a lemon (plus some of its grated zest if you don't have any herbs)
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (or skip it and add more lemon juice to taste -- just don't substitute regular molasses, which is nothing like it!)
A few fresh mint sprigs, finely chopped (parsley is good too)
1/3 cup flavorful olive oil
Hot water (about 2 tablespoons)
- In the bowl of a food processor with the metal blade, whir together the chickpeas, garlic, salt, lemon juice (and zest), pomegranate syrup, and mint, stopping to scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula, until the mixture makes a coarse mash.
- With the motor running, drizzle the olive oil through the feed tube until the mixture is smooth. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula, then, with the motor running again, drizzle in hot water, a tablespoon at a time (up to 3 tablespoons), until the mixture turns very creamy.
- Now taste the hummus and add more salt and lemon juice if it needs a little extra zing -- you really want to err on the side of over-seasoning, since the main crime of bad hummus is blandness.
- Serve your perfectly seasoned dip with pita or chips and raw vegetables.