Stay in touch with us!
Again, I am going to blame for my recent recipe.  Not that I am mad, because I have a fairly awkward addiction to hummus.  So when I found two decent recipes, I decided to create my own version to suit my tastes.  I stumbled across Barefoot Contessa and Gimme Some Oven (cute, cute name!) and combined them.  I did so because I was unsure how intense the complete spinach artichoke was going to be.  I also made my version a "bulk" or double the recipe found on both of those sites.  I did so mainly because hummus is a staple in my cute lunchbox.  I am on the road during lunch and away from any power source, so I need something yummy and cold to pack with me.  Hummus and pita chips generally do the trick! When I found out that you can safely freeze hummus, I decided there was no better reason not to make a double batch and freeze the extra!

So without further adieu, here is my ingredient list and process!

Humble Hummus

- 2 cans of chick peas, drained and juice on reserve (3 Tbsp.) (or "baby butts" as I grew up calling them)
- 2/3 cup of tahini (sesame paste: which looks and has similar texture as natural peanut butter)
- 1 baby can of chopped spinach (7.75 oz)
- 1 can of marinated artichoke hearts (6.5 oz) ( I added approx. 1 Tbsp. of the marinated juices for fun)
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
(as you can see, my recipe is different than both recipes)
Put all the above in a food processor and prepare to make magic.  :-)  Blend together until smooth.  If consistency is too thick for your liking, add more reserve liquid. 
From ^^ that ^^                                   To \/ This \/
Once my magic was completed, I got out my containers to store the humble hummus in. 
And since I wanted to freeze some, I packaged it up and placed into a freezer bag in order to add a second layer of protection against dreaded freezer burn.  I may end up placing the other larger container in the freezer as well!

Now, to break down how much this hummus really cost to make!

Artichokes: $1.99
Spinach: $.89
Chickpeas: 2 x $1.09 = $2.18
Tahini: $6.59 bottle (I used approx 1/2, so my price for this batch = $3.29)

Total cost = $8.35

Now, while this sounds more expensive than what you may buy in the store, remember how much this recipe yielded;
- two containers storing 17 oz
- one container storing 8 oz
So the recipe yeilded approx 42 oz. (about $0.19/oz)

Lets look at a grocery store's item
ValuMarket - Hummus  of Sabra Classic Hummus, 10oz for $4.99 or $0.50/oz

LOOK WHO IS SAVING MONEY!! (as you read this, use both hands with thumbs up, and point to yourself!)

Now, Im going to enjoy me some Humble Hummus!

Hope this inspires you and you create your own version and flavors!! Let me know if you try something that is DELICIOUS!
Thanks for traveling along!
Maria Elena
11/7/2011 06:30:01

Love it Sarah !! I make my own hummus too, because they dont sell it in Ecuador ! I'll try your recepie !=)


Leave a Reply.