What is the kind of food that your family considers to be COMFORT FOOD? We have a number of dishes that come from our heritage in South Africa – and a few that we picked up along the way. One I particularly love is home made hummus. It is a food that more folks are familiar with since Sabra started distributing worldwide and their products are SOOO good. However making your own Hummus is so easy and satisfying that I do it myself. Here is my favorite starter or snack recipe – with more to come in future blogs.
- 2 cans of chickpeas – drained
- 1 cup of olive oil ( or less) to taste
- 1/2 cup of Tahini – make sure you get the liquid part as well as the denser part of the product
- One clove of Garlic chopped fine or minced
- Juice of one lemon
- Salt to taste
- Paprika and chopped Italian Parsley for finishing
- Puree the drained chickpeas in your Cuisinart until smooth
- Add Tahini and half the olive oil and the juice of one lemon
- Add salt to taste
- If the mixture is too thick or dense, add more olive oil.
- I found that I needed to add olive oil until it tasted ‘right’ – right may be different for different folks – I like it smooth and with that olive oil texture – so I did add about 3/4 of a cup of olive oil.
- Put into a serving dish.
- Make a depression in the top of the hummus and then used the 1/4 cup to drizzle into the depression and around the sides of the dish
- Sprinkle some paprika (optional: and chopped Italian parsley) over the hummus to give it color ( optional).
- Serve with hot pita or crackers