Thursday, January 19, 2012

Smoked Paprika Hummus

I had a bag of dried garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) in my pantry and really wanted to use them up. I love hummus but have always been a little nervous trying my own for some odd reason. It is actually fairly easy and there are so many recipes and ways to make it but this is what I came up with and everyone that's tried it, really likes it.Canned garbanzo beans work just as well with this recipe but if you go with dry garbanzo beans, they need to soak in cool water overnight or about 8 hours. Drain. Use 4 cups of water to every 1 cup of beans. Add a pinch of salt and boil for an hour or until tender. Drain. 
Smoked Paprika Hummus
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon tahini
1 Tablespoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Throw everything into a blender or food processor, adding a little water to reach your desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. 
It always comes out YUMMY!

If you have extra cooked beans, try making, Espinacas con Garbanzos 
They also freeze well for your next batch of hummus!