I didn’t grow up in a big city, but it’s a booming metropolis compared to the area where I live now. While I love living in the country, sometimes it can make finding specialty ingredients pretty difficult. By specialty, I mean anything much more exotic than cumin.
I’ve been wanting to make my own hummus for quite a while. None of the grocery stores within a 30-minute radius carry tahini and I never seem to remember to pick some up when I travel to a bigger city.
I was really happy when I found a recipe that listed the tahini as optional. After making it a few times and tweaking the amounts, I’ve finally found a tried-and-true alternative to buying pre-packaged hummus. It’s WAAAAAAY less expensive and in my opinion, tastes a lot better. Best of all, everything on the ingredient list can be found at the grocery where I regularly do my shopping.
- One can chickpeas (15oz.), rinsed and drained well
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh is best, but bottled works, too)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic (3-4 cloves)
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon water
Dump all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until it is as smooth as you like.
Serve with crudites, pita chips, tortilla chips or just a spoon. Also delicious as a sandwich spread.
NOTE: If you do have access to tahini, you can add 1/2 teaspoon to the mix.
What’s the most difficult ingredient you’ve ever tried to find?