Hearty Sesame Hummus
* 1 can (16 oz) garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
* 1/2 cup sesame seeds
* 3 TBSP lime juice (or lemon)
* 1 clove garlic
* 1 TBSP fresh parsley
* 1/2 cup vegetable broth
* 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (more or less until consistency is right)
* cayenne pepper to taste
* black pepper to taste
* salt to taste
1. In food processor, blend together garbanzo beans, sesame seeds, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and vegetable broth, until smooth.
2. With processor on, start to drizzle in olive oil, slowly.
3. Watch closely and add more if consistency is too thick. Stop and taste, then add seasonings, mix, stop, taste, add more... and continue until the hummus is seasoned the way you like it.
I got hooked on hummus a few years ago when you could still buy a container for a few dollars. Now it seems the price has gotten ridiculous, nearly doubling.
So, I started experimenting with recipes for homemade hummus. Here's a couple things I discovered:
- Instead of tahini paste which is in most hummus recipes($$$)I use sesame seeds, which is quite a bit less expensive. Since tahini is just ground sesame seeds, the taste works out.
- I like lime juice better than lemon. I also don't bother squeezing limes; just buy the 100% Lime juice in bottles. For this use, there is really no difference.
- Use a nice light virgin olive oil. If you use a darker kind the flavor competes with the sesame flavor.
- Sometimes I skip the garlic.
- If you don't have fresh parsley, try using fresh celery leaves or even a little celery. Just strip off the strings to make the celery blend a little easier.
- Cayenne pepper, black pepper, and lots of salt are a must. I always have kosher salt in the kitchen so that's what I use.
- Most importantly, don't expect that super smooth texture you get in the store-bought variety. Garbanzo beans have a skin and a gritty texture naturally. You can't process that out in a homemade hummus. I have gotten to like this "homey" texture and now when I do have store-bought hummus it seems way too over-processed or refined.
Give this a try and make your own tweaks. It's SO much cheaper than buying those little containers.