I wish I could tell you we do not buy packaged food in our house, but we just aren’t there yet (not sure we will ever be). But I am trying to make my packaged food list minimal. This simple hummus recipe makes a great snack or a great addition to a party spread. It is also fun to dip for kids with the pita. Although I think all the hummus I fed my oldest after introducing him to solids is coming back around, and he wants nothing to do with it. I hope he will forgive me and try this great snack soon.
Simple Hummus + Pita
- 1 can of organic chickpeas, rinsed
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil + a little extra for serving
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 clove garlic
- Salt + pepper to taste
- Water, as needed, to thin
- Paprika, for serving
- Pita bread
In a food processor, combine chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pulse until thoroughly combined. While food processor is on, slowly add the EVOO until smooth (or desired consistency). Add water as needed to thin.
For the pita bread, cut into triangles and toss in EVOO, salt, and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Put into a preheated 350 over for about 5-6 minutes. If you want more of a pita chip, bake longer. Place pita on a platter with hummus. I like to put the hummus in a small ramekin and drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with paprika. Serve with sliced cucumbers and carrots for some extra veggies (and color!).
Hummus tip: I have found that hummus is very personal. Some people like it with a stronger garlic taste, more lemon juice, thinner or thicker. So you need to experiment a little in order to find the hummus that is right for you! Just remember, add a little at a time when trying to add “more”. You can always add, not take away. This recipe is a great starting point. Enjoy!
Images by Ariana Clare, www.arianaclare.com.