As promised, here is the recipe for the hummus to accompany your homemade pita. I was introduced to the recipe in Cook’s Illustrated, May/June 2008. I have, of course, simplified it a bit and changed it up in numerous ways. Today, for you, I will stick to the original as much as possible. As with the pita, the price of prepared hummus seems outlandish. If you prepare your chickpeas (or garbanzos–different name of same bean) in your crock pot, you save a bundle. Certainly not the most inexpensive meal you could prepare, homemade pita and hummus is one of the most satisfying and tasty meals you could offer your family at a fraction of the cost of prepared food.
Simply Scrumptious Homemade Hummus
1 cup dried chickpeas or garbanzos
The night before, rinse beans and place in crock pot. Cover with cold water, at least two inches above beans, and turn to low. Cook overnight.
Just before making the hummus:
Drain chickpeas, reserving liquid.
In a small measuring cup, mix together:
6 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid
The next step involves your tahini–I have found this to be the most challenging part of the recipe. Tahini is HARD to stir without making a mess; what has helped is warming the can first by placing it in a pan of hot water about half way up the can. This warms the pasty part so it will mix into the oily part :).
3/4 cup tahini, the brand pictured is the Cook’s Illustrated preferred brand—we love it!
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Whisk together until smooth.
Place in food processor:
2 small garlic cloves, pressed through garlic press
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
Process until smooth.
With machine running, add through the feed tube, the lemon juice/water mixture in a steady stream.
Scrape bowl, again and process for 1 minute.
With machine running, add the oil-tahini mixture as the water mixture.
Process thoroughly, until smooth and creamy.
If desired, process in:
Small bunch of cilantro
You will be amazed at the wonderful texture and taste of this hummus–shames any you can buy at the market!
Warm pita and hummus, simply scrumptious.
This post is linked to Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays.