The heat is on in Brooklyn and all I feel like eating are raw veggies and watermelon. Sounds like it’s time for some hummus!
The first few times I made it, I measured everything very carefully, following the recipe in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian to the letter. These days, I eyeball it, tweaking it to my taste that particular week. I also completely cut out the olive oil from that recipe with great results. Therefore, feel free to take liberties with these guidelines.
Since the weather is hot this week and I just returned from a lengthy vacation, I used canned chickpeas, but normally I cook them myself. The results are better with home-cooked because you can use the flavorful cooking liquid to thin the hummus out to your desired consistency.
2 cups drained well-cooked chickpeas, liquid reserved (or a can of rinsed, drained beans and some water)
1/4 – 1/2 cup tahini, or to taste (You can even leave this out if you don’t have it or are allergic)
2 or more cloves garlic, peeled
juice of one lemon and/or a few tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I like a little of both)
1 tablespoon cumin or more to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor or blender, adding more bean-cooking liquid or water as necessary to keep things running smoothly.
2. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, tahini, garlic or lemon juice/vinegar as desired.
Ideas for Variations (all off which I have tried): Add lemon zest if you really love lemon (I don’t, but my dad enjoys it). Roasted garlic instead of raw. Roasted red peppers (you’ll need a little less liquid). Fresh herbs. Sun-dried tomatoes and basil (yumyumyum). The options are endless.
Tips: Add liquid very slowly in small amounts so you don’t end up with hummus soup! Taste frequently to figure out what you like. When in doubt, get a second opinion or let it rest over night to allow the flavors to marry.
A few times when I’ve been overzealous with a certain ingredient and gotten frustrated, I’ve put the result in the freezer for a few weeks until I feel like messing with it again. It’ll get a little watery after thawing, but over all does pretty well, and allows you to start over. No messed up hummus can’t be fixed! You can also freeze it if you make too much hummus.