Make it Yourself: Wicked Lemony Hummus
Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:06PM
Hungry Sam in Snack, chickpeas, hummus, lemon, side dish, vegan, vegetarian

If you're like me, you spend altogether too much money on store-bought hummus. You shell out your hard-earned dollars for often-mediocre tubs of the stuff, or perhaps if you're feeling flush you pick up some delicious Sabra.

There is, however, a better way. That way is homemade. 

BEHOLD: Tasty, savory, easy, and inexpensive Lemon Sesame Hummus

The key to this recipe, as for all hummus, is the tahini. Tahini is nothing more complex or exotic than a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds, yet it is a critical component of all hummus recipes. It adds a rich depth of flavor and undergirds the creamy consistency so prized in excellent hummus. When one tastes a "hummus" that, despite its pretensions, tastes merely like ground up chickpeas, the missing piece is nearly always tahini.

For my thrifty readers: Tahini is a tad pricey but stretches far; each batch of hummus, for example, only requires about two heaping tablespoons. The sum of the remaining ingredients in the recipe below might reach as high as two dollars.

Finally, I warn you--this is a wicked lemony hummus. Feel free to crank things back as you see fit. You're the chef!

Click through for the recipe!

Hungry Sam's Lemon Sesame Hummus

1. Open the chickpeas, reserve about 1/4 c. of the liquid, and drain out the remainder. 

2. Toss the drained chickpeas, the reserved liquid, and everything else into a food processor. 

3. Go nuts. Process until creamy and smooth.

4. Taste; you may need a touch more salt. Then, garnish with whatever! I started with a little paprika and extra lemon before getting out of control with the fresh-ground black pepper and sesame seeds. Follow your heart!


It's just that easy. Enjoy, dear readers!

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