Mar 102013
 

A lot of people know this, but I’ll share with you… I have a dip problem. At one point, I had a certain social circle referring to me as “the dip queen” because I was obsessed with dip mixes from places like Tastefully Simple. Then I realized making your own tastes SOOOO much better (and cheaper!) Hummus is so easy to make, and it tastes amazingly fresh compared to the stuff you get in the store. You can mix it up and add flavors of your own.

Yummy Hummus

Ingredients:

2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (drained and rinsed)*
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 large cloves garlic
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Paprika (for sprinkling on top)

Instructions:

Put all except the last two ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process 45 seconds and scrape down sides of bowl. Process another 30 seconds or so, then add olive oil and process until smooth.

Put hummus into a bowl and sprinkle with paprika.

* Now, I have heard that popping each little chickpea out of it’s skin prior to smooshing it up gives the hummus a better smoother texture. If you want to do that, that’s yo’ business. I don’t have that kind of dedication.

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Hummus and Pita

Now, you’re going to need something to dip in that wonderful bowl of awesomeness. Pita? Yes please! Homemade pita? Sounds scary, but I promise you - once you witness the kitchen voodoo of a puffing pita you will never buy another package of that dry crumbly sad stuff again. I was literally doing a jig while watching the oven, pulling my kids into the room to say “look! It’s puffing! It’s puffing!” They agreed enthusiastically, probably concerned I had gone completely nuts.

But I digress — make this pita, it’s easy and good. The people at King Arthur Flour really know their stuff.  If you’re not a baking nerd and don’t have “dough improver” on hand (even I don’t have it) just use about 1/2 tsp. of baking powder instead.