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Why Buy? DIY! Hummus Edition

Important bean cooking lesson: Always cook a full pound so that you can make hummus on a whim. Hummus is so easy and cheap to throw together that it’s really not worth buying it pre-made. I’m sure you can find a brand with decent ingredients, but eh…it seems like more work to go to the store than plug in the food processor.

There are many ways to make hummus and this is only one (adapted from the Candle CafĂ© cookbook), so don’t start getting all high and mighty about your hummus recipe, friends (you know who you are). If you think yours is that awesome, post it in the comments and we’ll give it a try.

Makes about 2 cups


Amount Ingredient Preparation Where we bought it
(* Union Sq. Greenmarket)
1 cup Cooked chickpeas See this post on how to cook beans Whole Foods bulk department
1 large or 2 small Garlic cloves Chopped finely (don’t skip this step or you’ll have chunks of garlic in your hummus) Keith’s Farm *
2 TBsp Lemon juice
Dash Cayenne powder
1/4 tsp Smoked paprika
1/4 tsp Ground cumin
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Parsley Chopped
2 1/2 TBsp Olive oil
Generous 3/4 cup Tahini Look for it near the peanut butter

Put everything in a good processor and blend until smooth. Add some water or leftover bean cooking liquid if it’s too thick for your taste. Devour.

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