Cumin Spiced Hummus

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Tonight I’m joining some friends for dinner and I have decided to bring something I continue to fail at, or at least I am seriously unsatisfied with. (The pressure is on!)

I have tried making hummus several times before. It has never turned out. I have been meaning to try my luck with hummus again and have spent the last week reading dozens of recipes for hummus. I have finely made a batch that I feel is worthy of sharing. It still needs some minor improvements, but it is still great for sharing!

What you’ll need:

1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

2 small garlic cloves

¼ cup tahini

1/3 cup olive oil

½ a lemon

¼ t. salt

Optional ingredients: ¼ t. cumin, lightly toasted pine nuts, pesto, hot sauce, parsley

The process:

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a small mixing bowl.

If using cumin or parsley add it and mix through. If using pine nuts, pesto, or hot sauce. Add to the top.

Serve with fresh bread or chopped veggies.

Results: I wasn’t very pleased with this when it first came out. I then added more olive oil, lemon, salt, and blended again. The flavor was closer to what I wanted but still not quite right. I decided to experiment with the optional ingredients. I chose to start with the cumin, which added a great flavor. I added more cumin and it was so much closer to the hummus flavor I love. For me, the lemon and cumin really helped me to balance out the flavors. The tahini came across as too strong after the first blend and the extra lemon juice really helped reduce the overpowering tahini. As you might assume, I’m not sure this recipe is exact measurements, but it should be pretty close. I didn’t try any of the other optional ingredients, but I’m thinking the roasted pine nuts or pesto would be great as well.

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