Hummus a hit for meals or snacks
Such is the case with humble hummus. It's been a staple in Dad's family for years, and it cracks him up, too, when he sees the outrageous prices demanded for a container that wouldn't last through lunch the next day in this house.
Fortunately, it's outrageously easy to make, and the garlic-free version is almost as good. You can dress it up in a lot of ways -- roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes -- or just go basic. It can be served with tortillas or Middle Eastern flat bread, but I like it best with slightly warmed pita triangles.
This one is categorized as a snack, too, but for Boots and me, it's easily a meal, and a healthful one at that. Big Guy won't try it, and this is one of the few instances where I don't enforce the "one bite before you say 'ick'" rule. I'm afraid his peanut allergy extends to other legumes and back off in case his body knows something I don't. Maybe he's just being picky, but why chance it?
- 2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
- 1/2 c. Tahini -- sesame butter that's available in some mainstream grocery stores in some parts of the country but more likely to be found in a Middle Eastern specialty store. You also can order online.
- 1/4 c. lemon juice - reconstituted works fine, though fresh is better.
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- Garlic to taste -- I substitute onion powder
- Salt to taste
You can do this manually, but life's too short to smash garbanzo beans with a potato masher. I just don't feel the need to be that authentic. Instead, I use a food processor to mash the beans until smooth, then add the other ingredients one at a time. Spread on serving platter and drizzle with paprika and additional olive oil.
Hummus is more of an art than a recipe, though. I usually wind up using way more tahini and far less lemon juice than listed here -- if I use the lemon juice at all. And then Dad goes back and adds enough additional olive oil to float a fleet when he's dishing up his own. He also likes to top it with black olive slices.
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