I am always having food cravings. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was pregnant or something, the way my body seems to scream out for certain things. Last night I was hit with a serious craving for hummus. Weird, huh? (well, I'm kinda weird, in case you were too nice to point that out...it's okay, I know I am)
So, anyway, I waited as long as I could and this morning, around 10am, I whipped up a batch of hummus and, of course, dug right in. I will often purchase hummus and have not found a brand or flavor I don't like - but, the version I make in 5 minutes is somehow creamier and more pure than anything I've purchased. I love how I can somehow taste each of the six ingredients. I would urge you to use the best olive oil you have as it will affect the taste. I have in the past used whole garlic cloves, but I find the flavor a little sharp, so I have started to use garlic salt in it's place.
Hummus is a very versatile "ingredient". I use it as a dip, often just eating it with Kashi crackers or toasted pita bread. It is also delicious with fresh veggies and I have used it as a component in some very delicious sandwiches.
1 can garbanzo beans, 1/2 of the liquid drained
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T tahini (your best bet to find it is in the organic section)
1 tsp cumin
Blend all ingredients, adding as much olive oil to create the consistency you desire.
some sandwich ideas
On a pita bread: layer hummus, roasted red peppers, spinach, swiss cheese, turkey
broil until cheese is melted
On ciabatta bread: layer cream cheese, hummus, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, sprouts, provolone