Creamy Hummus

by Anne Bennett on August 11, 2011

Served with cucumbers, garden-fresh tomatoes, olives, romaine, tuna and the best whole grain bread you can find, this makes a fabulous, no-cook summer dinner!

I’ll begin by stating the obvious: you can buy hummus everywhere, even at Costco, and most brands are pretty good too. But commercial hummus is not as good as home-made, (it’s my opinion and it’s very true) and to understand this you’ll just have to make some.

Don’t have a conniption fit: on the difficulty level, making hummus ranks right up there with operating an Easy Bake oven. Summertime bonus: there’s no cooking involved.

This recipe is adapted from Cooks Illustrated, one of my favorite recipe sources. They say to follow the preparation method closely, as it delivers the creamy texture of restaurant-style hummus. I’ve made a lot of hummus in my time, and this works beautifully.

3 tablespoons juice from 1 to 2 lemons
1/4 cup water
6 T. tahini , stirred well*
2 T. olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 (14-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic, , minced
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. ground cumin
Pinch cayenne
1 T. minced fresh cilantro or parsley leaves

*Joyva brand is good, comes in a tin can and keeps for a long while in the fridge.

Combine lemon juice and water in small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk together tahini and 2 T. oil in second small bowl.

Process chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne in food processor until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula.

With machine running, add lemon juice-water mixture in steady stream through feed tube. Scrape down bowl and continue to process for 1 minute. With machine running, add oil-tahini mixture in steady stream; continue to process until hummus is smooth and creamy, about 15 seconds.

Transfer hummus to serving bowl, sprinkle with cilantro, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand until flavors meld, about 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Makes two cups

per 1/4 cup

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Patty August 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I want to eat it through my computer screen! Tomorrow’s dinner, for sure! Thanks!

Marie August 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

Yummy!!! I love that picture! I love that you paired the hummus with such great fresh looking veggies! Definitely something I will be making up SOON! Thanks!

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