I love Hummus. My Mom has always made the most insane delicious hummus, and I think her hummus is a big part of why Steve is dating me. She served it the first time he came over for dinner to meet the parents, and he fell in love right then and there – not with me, with the hummus.
My recipe is similar to my Mom’s but tonight I kicked it up a bit by using homemade chili oil. Steve loves spicy food, so this was a real hit (don’t worry Mom, yours is probably still superior). If you’ve never made hummus from scratch I highly recommend it, its way more flavorful than the store bought variety. Below is a rundown of the preparation.
For hot chili oil:
1-2 Tbls crushed red pepper flake
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic
2 cans of garbanzo beans (also called chick peas) drained
2/3 cup tahini (this is a paste made from sesame seeds, its like runny peanut butter. It should be readily available in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store)
2/3 cup hot chili oil
juice of 1 lemon (I actually used a lemon and a half this time, I think the acidity is important to balance with the heat of the chili oil)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
Making hot chili oil:
This is a simple process, and the recipe will yield a little more chili oil than you need for the hummus. It should keep in the fridge for about a week, so hang onto it and use it in something like pasta sauce. You’ll thank me later.
Pour the olive oil into a small sauce pan and add the red pepper flake. Over low heat, warm the oil to just shy of a simmer. Remove from the heat and forget about it for an hour or so.
Now lets get serious about the hummus!
This entire recipe is prepared in a food processor, which is nice because you don’t get a ton of dishes dirty and it comes together really quickly. If you’re like me and only have a mini-food processor, you’ll need to halve the recipe and make to batches and then combine them before serving.
First mince the 4 cloves of garlic. Add in the drained chick peas along with the tahini. Once the chick pea, garlic tahini mixture is combined into a paste, add the juice of one lemon. While the food processor is whirring, stream in the chili oil (red pepper flakes and all). At this point, add the salt to taste. The consistency of the hummus may be a little thicker than you like, you can stream in a little warm water or chicken stock to thin it out. Just be careful not to add more than about a tablespoon of water or stock at a time… you can always add more, but once it’s in there you can’t get it out. No one likes runny hummus.
Transfer the hummus to a serving dish and drizzle with a little more chili oil and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with pita chips.