Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hummus In A Hurry

3 medium-size or 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 can (about 15 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste
dash of cayenne pepper, or more to taste
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Using a food processor fitted with a steel blade or a blender, with the motor running, drop in the garlic through the feed tube and process until minced, about 5 seconds. Stop the machine.
  2. Drain the chickpeas, setting aside the liquid. Add the chickpeas, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper to the minced garlic. Process in short pulses until the chickpeas are minced, about 5 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  3. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of the reserved chickpea liquid to the processor bowl. Process until the hummus is smooth, adding 1 to 2 more tablespoons of the chickpea liquid as needed - the hummus should have the consistency of a milk shake. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and/or lemon juice as desired. Spoon the hummus into a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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