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Hummus Ideas or Tips

cheesecake17 Oct 5, 2008 08:37 AM

I make a big batch of the stuff every Sunday to last the whole week. I'm looking for some new tips, ideas, or add ins to make something a little different or special.

I usually use chickpeas, lime juice, tahini, salt, pepper, and cumin. Sometimes I add in kalamata olives, green olives, sundried tomatoes, or edamame.

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    torty Oct 6, 2008 02:57 PM

    My favorite from the farmers market is a cilantro jalapeno version. Very green, very spicy. Just had it for lunch mixed with jasmine rice, a little leftover lobster and some cucumber salad. Had it yesterday tossed with linguine and fresh herbs, made even more decadent with some cream and greened-up with some young spinach. Of course it is great with the lemon-pepper fried pita chips they sell. ( the fact that the guys schmooze you in Arabic, Israeli, and French doesn't hurt either...)

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    1. re: torty
      fallingup Oct 6, 2008 08:57 PM

      I hate parsley but I love cilantro...that sounds like a good addition!

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      sadiefox Oct 6, 2008 02:00 PM

      I roast about 3 cloves of garlic for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees and add those... along with lemon juice and cayenne pepper.

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        ricepad Oct 6, 2008 12:38 PM

        What, no garlic? If I dared to make a batch of hummus without garlic at the ricepad pad, there'd be a lot of unhappiness....

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          cheesecake17 Oct 6, 2008 02:31 PM

          I don't like the taste of raw garlic.. so I usually use roasted garlic. I forgot to mention that as one of the ingredients :)

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          valerie Oct 5, 2008 02:01 PM

          I just made hummus for the first time today. I usually buy Trader Joe's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. My daughter loves it and I often make her a hummus sandwich for lunch. However, there is a kid in her pre-school class that is allergic to sesame so I can't send in store-bought hummus.

          Anyway, I (sort of) made Cook's Illustrated version -- canned chickpeas, jarred roasted red peppers, garlic, salt, pinch of cayenne, lemon juice, a little olive oil. I omitted from the recipe toasted sliced almonds and tahini. I also added a bit of cumin.

          I just threw it all in the food processer and it came out great. Maybe a purist will miss the tahini, but my 4 year old won't notice a thing. So easy!

          I like the pesto idea too...maybe next time.

          1. nofunlatte Oct 5, 2008 12:58 PM

            I like to stir in some pesto into hummus--the basil and parmesan go nicely with the chickpeas and tahini. My guests have always really loved this version of my hummus.

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              MommyTwingle Oct 5, 2008 04:37 PM

              I've actually found that I prefer canellini beans to the chick peas; makes a smoother hummus.

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                nofunlatte Oct 5, 2008 04:53 PM

                I'll have to try that. Thanks for the suggestion!

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              Louise Oct 5, 2008 11:22 AM

              Sub sherry vinegar for some of the lime juice. Also, don't know if you use raw tahini or toasted, but switching it up might be interesting. Or use a dab or cashew or almond butter instead.

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                KiltedCook Oct 5, 2008 11:15 AM

                I cook up a big batch of bulk garbanzos and don't bother with tahini. I just add a bit of olive oil, cumin, chile powder and lemon juice, with ot without olives of some kind. Sometimes I go really southwestern and add Chipotle chiles en Adobo instead of olives. I've also blended in soybeans and salsa verde.

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                  im_nomad Oct 5, 2008 12:16 PM

                  I forgot about the chipotles ! I've done that too. If I have cans of those things around, i put them in everything.

                2. im_nomad Oct 5, 2008 10:09 AM

                  I've blended in some roasted red pepper with mine a few times and it's great. Also I think I did one with some smoked paprika and it was fantastic.

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