Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Spicy Hummus

I really enjoy eating hummus. For those of you who don't know what it is and think it might be something strange, just think of it as a type of bean dip (now that sounds normal, right?)

I make many combinations (usually depends on what I have in the house at any given time). This is a spicy version (but not hot pepper type spicy).

2 C garbanzo beans (chickpeas), canned or prepared dried
2 T cashews, soaked in water overnight
2 T sesame tahini
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/3 C extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1/4 C lemon juice
1 t black pepper
1 t coriander
1 t cumin
1 t fennel seed
1/4 t paprika
1/4 t cayenne pepper
3 T water

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it tastes smooth (it looks smooth before it tastes smooth). If mixture appears to be too thick, add 1 teaspoon water at a time until the desired consistency is obtained.


Emily said...

I've never added cashews to hummus - what a great idea! We're having a party food recipe contest and would love to have you enter one of your favorite recipes! I've linked to the contest through my name.

Karin said...

I like to experiment with different flavors and combinations. Sometimes the end result is fantastic and other times the dish ends up in the trash (thankfully that is a rare occurrence).

Since my early 20s I have read cookbooks like other people read regular books (I did that with our encyclopedia set too - yes, I'm a strange cookie). I enjoyed seeing what kind of flavors people put together that worked. Take all the information, add a couple of decades, gather some ingredients, and start testing!

I'd love to enter the contest. I have a bunch of potatoes in the house, so I will do some experimenting this weekend and see what I can come up with! Thanks for letting me know about it.

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the tahini and is it expensive? I love hummus, but can't afford to buy it pre-made.