Ever since I went to boarding school and me and my friends ordered hummus pretty much every week, I am obsessed with it. I just love the taste, the creaminess and everything! It’s so good!
But since hummus is not too cheap, I decided to make my own because it is so simple! I did not know how simple it was until I watched a YouTube video about it and let me tell you, no one should or will ever buy hummus in the supermarket again after trying out this recipe. You essentially only need 4 ingredients to make it; chickpeas, olive oil, tahini & lemon. This is the most basic form of it. I would recommend though, to include salt, and some more spices. There are ready-to-use spice mixes in supermarkets that take it next level or you can add them yourself. I would add some garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika powder.
If plain hummus is too basic for you, then feel free to get creative and make a different flavor. By adding cooked beets, you can make a beetroot hummus, add curry powder for a curry hummus, greens for a green madness hummus, dried tomatoes and basil or pesto for a Mediterranean twist. Honestly, the options are endless, which makes it such a great dish because it is so versatile. You can make the base and then adapt it however you, your family or your friends like it.
Hummus serves an awesome appetizer too. If you decorate it beautifully in a bowl, garnish it with some fresh herbs such as parsley or mint, some veggies, such as tomatoes, peppers, peas or cucumbers, and maybe some other touch of color, like pickled onions, it immediately looks super appetizing! Serve it with some toasted ciabatta or crackers, drizzle with olive oil, and voilá! A stunning and really simple appetizer is ready to be enjoyed! It is something light your guests can snack on while waiting for dinner!
But don’t now think that hummus only makes a great appetizer, no, it can be used in so much more! Spread it into sandwiches, top it onto bowls, use it as a dip, … you can do so much with it! It’s like avocado, super good and super versatile! I for example love to have it with some toasted bread or in a wrap. This is so good!
The making process is pretty simple too. It actually is ready in 15 minutes if you buy canned chickpeas. You just need to drain and rinse them, so any of the liquid is removed. This makes it easier to digest, which is really good. Of corse, you can cook them yourself if you want, just bake sure to soak them before and cook them until really soft so they can easily be mashed. I actually prefer cooking them myself, simply because you have more control about how soft they are going to be. Then just add them into a blender along with some Tahini, Olive Oil, lemon juice, salt, spices and a little water. Blend it until really creamy and then you already are done! That’s how easy it is!
I, as already monitored, love to serve it as an appetizer, but it is great in whichever way you decide to use it. You can make a big batch of it and freeze some, so you always have some on hand! I hope that you’ll enjoy this recipe!
Partydip, Bread Spread, Appetizer – you name it, Hummus is perfect for it!
What you will need
- 400 g canned chickpeas
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 3-4 tbsp Tahini
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar (white wine vinegar)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika powder
- 2-3 tbsp of the liquid the chickpeas were in
That is how it works:
Drain the chickpeas from the can. Rinse them with water until there is no foam anymore. This will make the hummus creamier and easier to digest.
Add the chickpeas, along with all the other ingredients, into the food processor. Blend until smooth. If it is too thick for your preference, add more olive oil or water.
Place in a bowl and garnish with some more olive oil, some fresh, cut up vegetables, pickled onions and parsley. Serve with some crackers and enjoy!