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Hummus That Makes You Go Hmmm…

October 15th, 2006 · 5 Comments

IMG_1902.jpg(This one really couldn’t be simpler.)  

A few months ago Kareem and I joined our friends Dan and Alicia for brunch in their neighborhood.  Since Kareem and I had never really explored that 'hood Dan, a fellow foodie, gave me a tip on a good gourmet market in the area.  On our way back from brunch we stopped in and spent some time meandering the aisles and checking out all of the goodies.  One of my purchases was Spanish smoked sweet paprika.  I have played with it a little here and there but I must admit that I have really not given it a fair try.  Little did I know that it would be by accident that I would discover the powerful flavor potential of this beautiful red spice.

In an attempt to de-clutter my refrigerator I decided to make some hummus with the bowl of chickpeas that were left over from a salad I had made the day before.  I poured them into my blender, added a clove of garlic, a pinch of salt, a drizzle of olive oil, a few squeezes of lemon juice, and then out of no where came the idea to add a 1/2 teaspoon of sweet paprika.  A few whizzes and whirls of the blender later I gave the hummus a taste.  Yum!  The cool chickpeas were the perfect host to the sweet yet spicy paprika and the hint of smoky flavor in the background rounded out the flavors perfectly.  Enjoy this with your favorite crackers, toasted pita bread, or crostini.

I should also note that I usually add tahini (sesame paste) to my hummus but didn’t add any this time and I actually preferred the taste – I find that the tahini easily overpowers the chickpeas.  Omitting the tahini also makes this a much lighter dip.

Hummus That Makes You Go Hmmm… 

  • 1 15 oz. can chick peas – rinsed and drained
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2-3 Tablespoons water (I used 2 Tablespoons but you can add another if you want a smoother consistency)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt (add more to taste)
  • 1 Teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

1)  Add all of the ingredients into a blender/food processor and blend.  I add just 2 tablespoons of water but to get an even smoother consistency you can add more.  Once blended taste it to adjust the flavors of salt, lemon juice, etc. 

2)  Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika atop the hummus and serve!

Tags: Appetizers · Dip · Party Food

5 responses so far ↓

  • gabriele stewart // Oct 19, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    save some for me. i’ll see you next week. love mom

  • Sherri // Oct 20, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    Your mom is so cute. I will try the hummus, I tried a recipe a while back and it tasted like glue- the chef or the recipe ? Who knows ? :)

  • Jishman // Oct 26, 2006 at 11:49 am

    I liked this recipe. Sometimes I will also add a little red pepper flake, and instead of spicy paprika, I will add some sweet paprika to counter-balance flavors.

  • AdamD // Jan 4, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I was surprised at how easy this is. I made some up and have been snacking on it with hearty bread.

    Any idea what I could add to make it creamier? Or should I just blend longer?