I have a confession to make. I love hummus. No, love is not strong enough. I am absolutely enamored with hummus. It is delicious, healthy, vegetarian and can be used with pretty much everything. Seriously, I put it on carrots, tomatoes, peppers, crackers, pretzels, sandwiches, avocados…anything I can think of. I’ve even eaten spoonfuls of it plain, a la peanut butter from a jar. But I have one problem with hummus: it’s super expensive to buy.
My favorite brand, Sabra, runs $4 per tub at my supermarket (there are very few foods I am brand specific about. Hummus is one of them). Sure, I can make sure that I budget for at least one tub (this is much easier to do since my husband gave up ice cream) but one tub is not enough in my house.
Yes, my husband loves hummus, too! He loves it so much that I have to buy two tubs to avoid an all-out hummus war (I’m not kidding. You should see what happens when the two of us are trying to use the same tub. Sometimes, though, I’ll buy a flavor I know he doesn’t like just so I can have it all to myself. Sure it’s evil, but I do the grocery shopping). Our favorite flavor is the Supremely Spicy; I think the longest it’s lasted in our house is 4 days. And that was only because it somehow got stuffed in the back of the fridge (I had nothing to do with that). You should have seen how excited we were when it resurfaced! It was like finding a ruby in a mountain of rocks (I will cook you dinner if you tell me what song that’s from. You must include title and artist. Dad, if you’re reading, you may not answer).
But our hummus addiction has me thinking–would it be cheaper and even tastier if I could make my own? I’ve never made hummus, or anything of that ilk, before and I’m a bit nervous. What if it tastes terrible? What if it looks like sauce instead of hummus? What if it’s so awful the dog won’t even eat it? Where do I find the ingredients? And how do I know what’s a good recipe and what’s not?
Normally, I don’t have these kinds of concerns. I just dig around on the internet, looking for some recipes and pick the one that seems the easiest/best/most affordable. But with my precious hummus, I’m taking a little more care. So, I ask you…do you have a good recipe for hummus? If so, would you be willing to share? I am willing to try any and all recipes for hummus that are passed my way (although, I think I’ll still have to buy my Sabra from time to time. It’s a borderline addiction. I wonder if Dr. Drew could help…)