Delicious DIY hummus

hummusHummus is the perfect addition to your spread for any sort of gathering. Whether you’re having a few close friends over to make dinner, hosting a party for the big game or simply trying to find the right item to bring to the next family meal, hummus offers a quick, nutritious and delicious option for students taking culinary school online. Still, most people simply run to the store and grab a container of whatever looks the best, when preparing it at home provides a cost efficient and wonderful tasting alternative. Best of all, it hardly takes any time out of your busy day to craft this glorious dip or spread. If you’re trying to make do-it-yourself hummus at home, here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:
-15 ounce can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
-Paprika
-1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
-1 teaspoon of kosher salt
-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
-1/4 cup of tahini
-1/2 large clove of garlic
-1 large lemon
-3 tablespoons of water

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, you’ll need to take a few small preparatory steps in order to start cooking. In no particular order, you’ll need to take your 1/2 clove of large garlic and mince it into small, even pieces. Next, you should juice the lemon completely, which should leave you with roughly 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Congratulations, you’re now ready to begin the actual construction of the hummus!

Instructions:

1. Take out your food processor and add in the tahini and the lemon juice to the bowl. Once you have put both ingredients in the bowl, process the two items together for one minute.

2. Stop the food processor, remove the lid and scrape the sides of the bowl back into the center.

3. Cover the processor and blend the tahini and lemon juice together again for roughly 30 seconds, until the mixture thickens or becomes creamy.

4. Now, take your minced garlic, salt, cumin and olive oil and add these ingredients into the bowl as well. Cover the processor and blend these together with the lemon juice and tahini mixture for 30 seconds.

5. Remove the cover and scrape the contents from the side of the bowl back into the center, then blend together again for another 30 seconds.

6. Open your can of chickpeas and pour the contents into a strainer or colander. Now, rinse the contents under water until they are clean of added salt or brine.

7. Add roughly half of the chickpeas into the food processor. Process these together with the former ingredients for roughly one minute.

8.Scrape the sides of the processor bowl down into the center before adding the other half of the chickpeas. At this point blend the remaining chickpeas into the mixture for 30 seconds to one minute

You now have your final product, which can be served as a dip or a spread or with pita bread. This recipe should make enough hummus for four people to enjoy, and should keep well for up to one week if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. When serving, sprinkle paprika over the top of the dip and pour a small amount of olive oil on it to taste.

Recipe taken from www.inspiredtaste.net

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