Thursday, June 23, 2011

Is it a disaster if it ends up tasting good?

One of the food blogs I frequent Restricted Gourmet posted a Super Simple Hummus recipe recently and I HAD to try it immediately. My bridal shower was a few weeks ago and one of my gifts (Thank You Grandma!) was a food processor. Hummus was high on my list of things to try, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a whirl.

My first mistake (and the messiest) was completely forgetting that a food processor has a hole in it, so without thinking I dumped the can of garbanzo beans and liquid right over the top and then all of a sudden had a FLOOD of liquid on my counter, down my cabinets and onto the floor. I quickly dumped the food processor contents in a bowl and spent the next 15 minutes scrubbing my kitchen.

Finally I am ready to start again. I add the rest of the ingredients, turn the food processor on and let it do its thing. It whips up into a lovely consistency and I'm feeling really good. I give it a taste and it's just....not. good.

Annnd then the realization comes that I forgot the garlic in the microwave!

I add that in (more than she originally called for, we LOVE garlic in this house) and give it another run.

Annnd then realize that I had taken out the blades and nothing is happening. Find the blades, give it one last whip and another taste and FINALLY success. We have hummus! And it is SO GOOD.

I think next time I would cut back a smidge on the cumin and maybe substitute a hint of red pepper flakes instead. I have this problem when I make chili too, so maybe it's just that I'm not a huge fan of cumin. All in all though this recipe is a definitely keeper and will absolutely be in our regular rotation.

*Plus when I added it up, I can't believe how much cheaper this is than buying store-bought hummus! I used a coupon and got my garbanzo beans for $0.75 so I made a batch of this for under $1.00. The one I buy from the store doesn't make as much and it costs upwards of $3!


  1. I had to laugh because that totally sounds like the way I cook! To tell the truth, I didn't measure the cumin all that exactly and it might have been closer to 1/4 tsp. I'll edit the recipe to correct that. If you can have nightshades, sun-dried tomatoes or some roasted bell pepper might be delicious in it. I've also bought hummus with Kalamata olives in it and that is divine.

    Thanks for sharing your story!