Monday, August 1, 2011

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

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Article first published as Sun Dried Tomato Hummus on Blogcritics.

Some ingredients are destined to be used in the same predictable way. Take for instance, chickpeas or garbanzo beans. The main reason why I would even bother having this in my pantry is simply to prepare a homemade hummus. After awhile, plain, traditional hummus gets boring. When that happens, the fun begins. I love playing with various flavor combinations and I think I've found my favorite hummus recipe. This Sun Dried Tomato Hummus allows the flavor and color of sun dried tomatoes shine with a little hint of fresh basil to freshen it up...

For my recent Mediterranean Kabob Party, I aimed to have a Mediterranean inspired spread for our guests. This flavored hummus was a hit and so easy to prepare! All the ingredients are processed together and chilled before serving so flavors can meld. The flavor is bright and goes especially well with fresh cucumber slices, baby carrots and warm pita bread.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
recipe from AllRecipes

4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons tahini paste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 (15.5 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup finely shredded fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon paprika (optional)

Place garlic, salt, tahini, and lemon juice into a food processor; process until smooth. Pour in the garbanzo beans and 1/2 cup olive oil; process until smooth again, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Once smooth, add the sun-dried tomatoes, and pulse until they have been chopped to very small pieces and are incorporated into the hummus. Finally, add the basil, and pulse a few times until mixed in.

Spread the hummus into a shallow serving dish, and make a few decorative grooves on top. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, then drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving.

3 comments:

Dave at eRecipeCards.com said...

wow... you continue to impress. A terrific recipe and I really appreciate how hard you must work to make an unappetizing subject look succulent

Jill said...

Mmm this is my favorite type of hummus to buy at the grocery store. We'll have to try this sometime. We always seem to have two of the main ingredients in the house - chickpeas and sun dried tomatoes. Looks great!

Maryanna said...

I love to snack on homemade hummus. The store-bought versions can't even be compared to homemade. I'll definitely have to try this version, as I love trying new hummus recipes.

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