…And then You Let the Flavors do a Happy Dance on your Tongue
I was going to lay out the office plans for you today (or lack thereof), so you could help me figure out what I should do in there.
Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the tape measure to draft a detailed scale drawing on graph paper (did I ever mention that I used to want to be an architect?), and a detailed drawing — to scale — is pretty much the only way I know how to do things.
If I don’t do it perfectly and to scale, accidents will happen. Mistakes will be made. Heads will roll, and the universe might implode. And I’m pretty sure I don’t want that on my back. So if the world really does end in 2012, it’s probably my fault because I still couldn’t find the tape measure.
So instead of all that, because I’m versatile, flexible, and easily adapt to obstacles (in case any potential employers are reading this), I’m going to share with you the most fantastically awesome recipe for hummus in the history of the universe.
What? You don’t like hummus? Hummus is only for hippies and Democrats?
Well that’s where you’re wrong, my friends. This is an extra special spicy, smoky, chipotle hummus, and I dare you to not like it. I tested some on Justin, who would normally prefer a more typical chip dip — you know, something less healthy — and he gobbled it up. The flavors are a perfect meld of smoky chipotle and cumin combined with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers. There’s just a hint of a spicy kick, which is perfect for me, but you could always add an extra chipotle pepper (or two) if you prefer more of a punch.
I’m keeping this on my personal list of simple food ideas to bring to a party that people will love and ask me for the recipe and ultimately fulfill my constant need for approval.
The original recipe is here, and I didn’t change it a bit.
To make it (and trust me, you should), you will need:
- 2 (15.5 oz.) cans of garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, drained (I read that you could soak these in water and rub off the husks for a smoother hummus, but that sounds like an awful lot of work to me for the same flavor in the end.)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup tahini (I know this sounds fancy, but it’s just a sesame seed paste — kind of like peanut butter — that makes hummus… hummus. I can find it at my po-dunk grocery store, so I don’t think you’ll have any problems.)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (You can find small cans of these in the Hispanic section of a regular grocery store. You just use ONE pepper from the can for this recipe, unless you like things extra spicy.)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 (7 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained
- 6 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Ground black pepper to taste
Whew! I know that’s a lot, but all you basically do is throw everything in a food processor and blend, so it’s about as easy as it gets. (Except in my case I don’t have a food processor, so I use my totally awesome hand blender… more on that in a hot second.)
Up front in the small plastic container is the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I’d already opened the can to use a pepper for another recipe, hence the lack of original packaging.
1) The original directions say to blend the first 8 ingredients, then add the sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and cilantro and just coarsely blend so your hummus has chunks, but I blended everything completely because a) My hand blender doesn’t really give me a choice in the matter, and b) I prefer it that way.
Don’t get discouraged if you open your tahini and it has separated into a hard, pasty substance at the bottom and an oily substance at the top. That’s perfectly normal. Do your best to stir it together, and if all else fails, just fill your measuring cup with a little of the paste and a little of the oil. It will come together when you blend the hummus.
So I threw the first 8 ingredients in a bowl, and used my super nifty immersion blender (aka. hand blender) to chop everything up:
Should I be worried that all of my pictures lately are insanely blurry and I don’t seem to notice until I transfer them to the computer?
Public Service Announcement: If you don’t have one of these immersion blenders, you should probably get one. They’re perfect for things like this or soup, where you want to blend a bunch of stuff together without actually transferring the ingredients from the bowl or the pot. And your dishware stays protected because the blade is surrounded by metal (or in some cases plastic).
I’m glad I opted for this stainless steel Cuisinart Smart Stick (keep those dirty jokes to yourselves), because I don’t need to worry about any plastic melting if I use this in hot soup.
The hummus actually tasted pretty good at this point and I could’ve stopped there. But I’m glad I didn’t. I added the rest and then blended again.
It looks pretty when it’s done. A red-ish hummus with flecks of green cilantro.
And it tastes like a party.
I like to eat it with pita chips, but it would work with veggies too, if you want to get extra healthy.
I think you should make it to celebrate the birth of our country this weekend.
I realize I probably should have transferred this to a pretty bowl for the final photo shoot, but I was kind of too busy eating it to care.
Just so you know, it’s perfectly acceptable to eat this for lunch 5 days in a row.