Homemade hummus

hummus, home made, chick pea, tahini, garlic, lemon, Israel, Israeli, Mediterranean, Jewish, KosherYeah, yeah. We know you went to Israel, Sarah. Will you shut up about it already?

No I will not. Not until I finish posting these recipes for awesome Jewish/Mediterranean/Israeli food. I already shared the shukshuka, and now I'm going to share two in a row. Because, really, what is homemade hummus without homemade pita bread?

Both recipes are so incredibly simple, I swear you're going to laugh. There's no excuse for buying premade stuff (except for laziness, which is always a viable excuse for me), but after you taste the homemade stuff and experiment with spices and flavors, the tubs will lose their appeal.

Now, there are a billion hummus recipes on the internet, but this one is special to me because it was the recipe on the back of the business card for our Israel Experts group coordinator, Erez. He was a funny guy, and he told us his favorite brand of Israeli beer and gave us chocolate, so I figured he knew what he was doing as far as hummus went.

You will need:

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  • 1 16 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup liquid from can
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid. Combine chickpeas with rest of ingredients in blender or food processor. hummus, home made, chick pea, tahini, garlic, lemon, Israel, Israeli, Mediterranean, Jewish, Kosherhummus, home made, chick pea, tahini, garlic, lemon, Israel, Israeli, Mediterranean, Jewish, Kosher

hummus, home made, chick pea, tahini, garlic, lemon, Israel, Israeli, Mediterranean, Jewish, KosherAdd 1/4 cup liquid from chickpeas. Blend 3-5 minutes on low until smooth. Check seasonings, add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve in bowl and garnish with olive oil.

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Yeah, that’s totally it. Bet you feel silly now for thinking it was difficult, huh?

Once you make it once, it's easy to modify it. You can find recipes online, of course, but I recommend you just mess around with it. Throw some spices in. Add some savory elements. Hell, try something sweet! As a cook, you won't learn until you get your hands dirty and make something disgusting and inedible. Then you laugh, and throw it away. But you know next time not to mess it up again.

Thanks Erez! I'll post the homemade pitas in a bit.

 

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