horseradish hummus

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I’m not sure why I even bother buying hummus in the grocery store anymore. It’s so easy to whip up. We’re talking homemade hummus in a matter of ten minutes. Like most other food, hummus is much tastier homemade. Sure, it’s convenient if you’re already out and you happen to be lingering in the aisle with thirty different varieties of hummus and four different brands. Next time, pick up a can of chickpeas and a container of sesame tahini instead. You may have to ask where the tahini is if you haven’t seen it before, most grocery stores do carry it though so if you can’t find it, ask. I would have spent a couple hours wandering aimlessly in the grocery store…I can’t say that hasn’t happened before though. The tahini I bought came in a 15 ounce container. So…I have a lot leftover. That just means homemade hummus for everyone.

The horseradish was a spur of the moment decision. And I dig it. It adds a nice kick to the hummus and the cumin compliments the flavors well. Great for snacking with pita and veggies. Or spreading on a sandwich. Maybe even dolloped on a salad. Whatever tickles your fancy.

horseradish hummus
makes about 2 cups
useful gadgets: mini food processor

1 15-ounce can chickpeas
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp horseradish
3 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp cumin
1 clove garlic
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. I like peeling their skins off, it’s a personal preference, really. It takes about 5 minutes to do. Just pinch each chickpea individually with two fingers and slide it into your other hand. The skin will slip right off. Taste wise, the skins don’t make any difference though. Your hummus may just come out a more silky consistency sans the skins.

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In a 3-cup food processor, blend the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, horseradish, olive oil,  cumin, garlic, salt and pepper until creamy. Scrape down the sides of the food processor as necessary to make sure the hummus is well blended.

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Scoop out the hummus from the food processor and put it into a bowl to serve. Drizzle with some olive oil and eat up!

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whisk away!

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