Garlands members learned how to make a classic hummus and pita chips at home from Cat Vaccaro, a cook at the Garlands. For an even healthier snack, hold the chips and dip a carrot stick instead! Here’s the recipe, so you can make at home.
Ingredients you’ll need:
15oz. Can Chickpeas
1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Cumin to taste
1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to Taste
1 Clove Crushed Garlic
Open can of Chickpeas, reserving packing liquid to the side. Place chickpeas in food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs in consistency. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice, cumin, cayenne, and crushed garlic to the food processor and turn on. While processor is blending, stream in some reserved chickpea liquid until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Dump remaining liquid. Add salt and pepper and pulse to mix in. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Place hummus into bowl and fill 2/3 of the way. Make a small well in the center of the hummus and drizzle extra virgin olive oil into center of hummus. Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips or warm pita or Naan bread. Enjoy!
Make it YOUR OWN! Different Hummus Variations:
Roasted Red Pepper – Add ½ cup of roasted red peppers to the classic hummus and pulse. You can leave some chunks for texture or puree until smooth.
Cilantro – Add 1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped, to the classic hummus and puree until smooth.
Basil – Add ½ cup whole basil, packed and then coarsely chopped, into food processor with the classic hummus base. Puree until smooth.
Roasted Garlic – Take 3 to 6 cloves of roasted garlic and blend into classic base until creamy.