Hummus is definitely my go-to appetizer to serve at home and to take to a party. Everyone really seems to like it and there are so many variations that it can present more like a dip than a traditional hummus. And, I’ll be honest, I can throw a batch of hummus together in about 5 minutes so it is super-duper easy. I have been asked so many times by my friends to put my basic hummus recipe onto the blog. This has hands-down been the most difficult recipe to publish because I truly do not have a recipe. I throw the ingredients into the food processor until it just looks right and I’m done. That being said I have really worked at getting the measurements down and this is the closest I can come up with for a perfect basic recipe.
I will give you the basic recipe first and then go on to the cilantro-pepperoncini recipe afterward.
Ingredients for Basic Hummus:
1 can of chick peas drained and rinsed
3 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp Tahini Paste
juice of 1/2 of a lemon
2 tsp Zaatar spice – A spice blend of the Middle East made of sumac, thyme, oregano, sesame seeds and salt.
2 pinches of salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp water
Directions for Basic Hummus:
Place all ingredients except the olive oil and water into the food processor. Pulse until blended. Turn the food processor to on and slowly pour in the olive oil and add the water. I process it for a full minute or so. Plate it up into a shallow bowl and sprinkle with paprika and if desired, a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with pita, pita chips, veggies, pretzel chips, etc.
Directions for Cilantro-Pepperoncini Hummus:
Use the basic recipe above with the following differences:
the Zaatar spice
1 cup of fresh cilantro
a pinch of crushed red pepper
4 pepperoncini peppers from the jar, stems cut off. Keep the juice inside the peppers.