Hummus

Dear Boys,

Interesting fact . . . Your sister lived in Greece for a summer and was only served hummus once.

And that was by an American living there.

I always thought hummus was the go-to Greek food, but maybe not.

It’s still good, though, so I thought I’d share the recipe.

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First you’ll need some lemon juice.

Recently Updated8Granny Newton always rolled the lemon on the table or squeezed it in her hand a bit before cutting it.  This will help get the juices flowing.

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After cutting the lemon in half,

DSC_0063I like to use this little juicer.  You just press a lemon half on the pointed tip, and the juice will fall into the container.

DSC_0075You need 1/4 cup lemon juice.  It took me 1 1/2 lemons to get this much, but it will vary according to the size of your lemons.

DSC_0084Pour the lemon juice into a food processor.

Recently Updated9Then add 1/4 cup tahini.  It looks a little like peanut butter.  Tahini is ground sesame seeds, and it gives hummus a great flavor.  You’ll find it in the international food section at the grocery.

DSC_0086After you’ve added the tahini to the lemon juice,

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put on the lid and process at high speed for one minute.

DSC_0093Scrape the edges and process again for 30 seconds so that

DSC_0094the lemon juice and tahini are as smooth as possible.

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Now add 2 Tbsp. olive oil.

DSC_0102Next you’ll need some garlic.  Remember that the large piece is called a bulb, and you just want to break off one of the small sections, a clove.

DSC_0104After you peel it,

Recently Updated11use a knife to mince the garlic clove into tiny pieces.  Add 1 tsp. minced garlic to the  mixture.

DSC_0120Add 1/2 tsp. salt and

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1/2 tsp. ground cumin.  Process 30 seconds.

DSC_0126The bulk of hummus is a can of garbanzo beans (AKA chick peas).

DSC_0127Cut the lid with a can opener but leave it on the peas.

DSC_0130Press on the lid to drain all the liquid from the can.  Then you’ll take off the lid and rinse the peas with water.

DSC_0133Add drained chick peas to the food processor.   Process one minute, scrape the sides with a spatula, and process again 1-2 minutes or until smooth.

The lid of a food processor has a little removable piece.

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Take this off while the processor is running and add 1 Tbsp. water.  Leave that piece off so that you can look inside and see if the hummus is getting smooth.  I added 3 Tbsp. of water before the hummus was as creamy as I wanted.

DSC_0146It looked like this at the end.

You can never go wrong drizzling a bit of olive oil on top and sprinkling with a dash of paprika for flavor and color.

DSC_0162I love you,

Mom

P.S.  I know you don’t even like hummus, but your sister will come to visit one day when you’re off on your own, and she’ll love it if you make a dish for her.

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