Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lemon Basil Hummus


  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (approximately one large lemon)
  • 1/2 to 1 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and extra for garnish
  • 2 large dollops of Gourmet Garden's® Basil Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, and extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon of McCormack's® Peppercorn Medley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Redmond's® Real Salt


Drain the chickpeas, but reserve the liquid.  Set both aside. Peel and mince your garlic clove, using no more than a clove.  [I used approximately 3/4 of a large, round, fat clove from the outside of a garlic bulb.]  Set aside.

In a food processor, add the tahini and the lemon juice.  Process to create a smooth mixture, almost like whipped butter.  Then add in the olive oil, basil paste, cumin, smoked paprika, pepper, and salt.  Process again until smooth.

Add in the chickpeas, starting with half a can.  Process a bit, scrape the sides of the bowl, and then add the rest of the chickpeas.  Process until all the chickpeas are mixed in and no longer discernable.  At this point, the hummus will look and taste a bit grainy, not quite like what you get in a grocery store or a restaurant.  Allow the hummus to process on high for a couple of minutes.  Then, use the reserved liquid from the can of chickpeas to smooth out the hummus.  Slowly add enough for your desired texture.  I used just over 1/8 cup, added in three increments.  The video recipe uses water instead of the liquid and recommends 2-3 tablespoons, but I preferred the liquid from the can of chickpeas.

Place in a dish and swirl the top.  Drizzle on a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle with a bit of paprika.  Serve with pita bread cut in wedges, pita chips, or your favorite vegetables.

Myrtle's Note:  This is a bit of a melding of two recipes because my first attempt at making lemon basil hummus was not quite truly successful.  I went searching on YouTube for help, found a regular humus recipe, and combined the two.  The second attempt was exactly what I wanted.

Sources:  http://www.simplyscratch.com/2015/09/lemon-basil-hummus.html  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQlMXudBGT4