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Cooking with Larry: Make hummus in 10 minutes

Fact: Everyone loves hummus (well, almost everyone). I've never met a person who doesn't like it. Hummus is great because it's a low calorie delicious snack food. It's not laden with butter, oils or saturated fats. Every time I make it for a gathering, it gets devoured by my guests with little or no remorse. Another fact: Hummus is expensive! You can easily spend 5 bucks on a pretty small portion of this delicious chickpea dip and plow through it in 5 minutes. Once I learned how quick and easy it is to make hummus, I've never purchased a pre-made version again. I can't even eat the store bought version anymore. It tastes too "preserved" for me and I can't stand it.

As I was gathering ingredients to make two different hummus recipes, I took a peek at the pre-made hummus prices and serving size. A decent quality store bought hummus was on sale for $3.49 and this got you 3.5 ounces of hummus. In my shopping cart, I had enough ingredients for eight pounds of hummus (It's National Hummus day, and you know how House Party parties. Don't judge). Curious to see how much I could potentially save by making my own hummus, I crunched some numbers.

The store bought hummus was going to cost you nearly 1 dollar per ounce at the sale price listed above. I was about to produce 144 ounces of hummus and it was going to cost me around thirty bucks as oppose to nearly 150. If you do the math, there's a lot of savings there.

I made two kinds of hummus in under ten minutes for National Hummus Day: a roasted artichoke and sundried tomato hummus, and a spicy black bean hummus.

Roasted artichoke and sun dried tomato hummus

Keep in mind I was making hummus for 30 people. Alter this recipe for smaller amounts.

  • 3 16oz cans of Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 32 ounces of roasted artichokes (check your favorite market's antipasti bar)
  • 16-24 ounces of sundried tomatoes (omit if you hate these suckers)
  • 10-15 basil leaves
  • A few cloves or garlic (omit if your artichokes are marinated in garlic)
  • 1/2 cup of tahini paste (olive oil can work if you cannot find this)
  • salt/pepper to taste

Throw all of these ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. That's it.

I am fortunate enough to have access to a super market with a pretty awesome antipasti bar, so I get really good marinated and grilled artichokes. If you don't have access to something like this, try getting canned artichokes. I've never used canned artichokes, so report back if you give it a whirl.

Spicy black bean hummus from HELL

Again, keep in mind I was making hummus for 30 people. Alter this recipe for smaller amounts.

  • 3 16oz cans of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 16 ounces of hot cherry peppers
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • a handful of cilantro
  • A few cloves or garlic
  • 1/2 cup of tahini paste (olive oil can work if you cannot find this)
  • 1/4 cup of hot sauce (I used Franks)
  • salt/pepper to taste

Throw all of these ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. That's it. It tastes better than it looks.

This is a less traditional hummus, but it's a fun way to play around with ingredients. Black beans are a healthier bean than chickpeas and I prefer the more fibrous taste.

We paired the hummus with some delicious Pretzel Crisps. Here's a photo from part of our setup.

So that's that. If you decide to make hummus, report back here and let me know how it turned out!

About the Author: Larry is a friend of House Party. Larry currently resides in the East Bay region of California. He enjoys all things wine related, and spends a lot of his free time in Napa and Sonoma learning about wine. Larry is also a Mixed Martial Arts enthusiast. He enjoys practicing, watching, analyzing and commentating on all things MMA. Larry also enjoys cooking, fine dining, entertaining and hanging out with Maximus, his Jack Russell Terrier.

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