Over the past few years I’ve developed a deep love for hummus. Unfortunately, there is only one brand in the market place that I really enjoy. When my friendly neighborhood grocery store didn’t have my particular brand last time I shopped, I decided to try and make my own to see how that would turn out.
SWEET AND SMOKY HUMMUS [PRINT THIS RECIPE]
2 cans (16 oz.) chickpeas, drained (reserve liquid)
4 cloves garlic
2/3 cup well-stirred tahini
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey*
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*
1/2 teaspoon ground smoked cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground smoked paprika*
3 tablespoons reserved chickpea liquid
salt and pepper to taste
Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whir until smooth. Continue adding more chickpea liquid (if desired), to come up to the consistency you like. Refrigerate at least 4 hours to marry the flavors.
Serve with assorted fresh vegetables, crackers and pita chips.
Creamy and almost nutty tasting. The slight bit of smokey flavor marries well with the tiny hint of sweet from the honey. Guess I’ll no longer be buying the store brand. I’ve made my own favorite and it was SO easy!