Monday, July 6, 2009

Operation: Spicy, Tasty Hummus

Maria, Api and I had long-standing plans to get some pool time in today. Maria promised margaritas, some kind of tasty dip and chips — and dinner after the pool. She asked me if I could bring hummus and pitas. 

Seeing in that the task was so simple, and I have been wanting an excuse to try making hummus*, I decided to give homemade hummus a whirl. I did a minor amount of googling the basics before deciding on a general direction for my thrown-together hummus.

I think the outcome was a good one (Maria, feel free to weigh in). If you want replicate what I did, follow these steps
  • Drain one 16-ounce can chickpeas; pour into food processor
  • Add the following into food processor: 1/2 cup 2% plain greek yogurt, 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/4 tablespoon cumin, juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 medium, chopped fresh jalapeno peppers (seeds removed — I recommend using plastic gloves or plastic wrap while cutting — could be dangerous!)
  • Grind ingredients in processor, adding 1/2 to 1 tablespoon olive oil as needed to smooth out the consistency
  • Add approximately eight fresh mint leaves; grind until evenly distributed
  • Pour into bowl; keep chilled until serving; serve with pita triangles
  • (Keep in mind you may want to add more or less seasoning depending on your tastes... so don't be afraid to add a little at a time)

*I also have a black eyed pea hummus recipe of my father's that I need to try making — it's sure good when he makes it!


mew3333 said...

I can vouch for this being very, very tasty.

One item of note is that chopping jalapenos can be dangerous for your poor wear gloves or take precautionary measures of some kind!!

K_Streams_Her_C said...

Thank you for the compliment and for that reminder, Maria. My fingers felt like they had second degree burn for about 6 hours yesterday!

Organic Meatbag said...

I swear that I glanced at the title of the post and thought it said "Tasty humans"...hahaha!

Kb_Mal said...

I'm waiting 'til next week to post my "tasty humans" recipe. Stay tuned!