As a kitchen rookie, I'm always trying to find new ways of expanding my skill set. That includes new recipes and new techniques. One thing that I have yet to really get comfortable with is this:
Well, not really the blender so much (although I haven't used it much either) but more so the additional pieces that came with the blender. I mean, what IS that??
- 1 can of chick peas
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- Red pepper flakes
- Lemon Juice
- Drain the chick peas and place in food processor
- Add a few swirls of olive oil, I went around twice and a quick little squirt of lemon juice
- Add pressed garlic (as much or as little as you want, I did 2 cloves pressed)
- Now add as much or as little red pepper and cumin. Start small, you can always add more later
- Now start up your food processor! Stop every once in awhile and use a spatula to scrape down the sides of your processor.
- If the mix is too thick, add a little water. Keep adding water and seasoning until you reach the desired consistency and taste
That's it! That is hummus! But not really. I've learned that TRUE hummus has Tahini in it. I did not have Tahini around the house so I ommitted. To be honest, this "hummus" would be better titled Chick Pea Dip or Chick Pea Spread. I do think the tahini would have added some flavor to it, but I think you could sub a little sesame oil to get the same effect. You can also sub out red pepper, garlic and cumin for any flavor/spice you want. This is a very versatile recipe!
I have conquered my fears of the food processor. Let the fun begin!