- Dried chick peas, because they’re cheap and easy to prepare
- Lemon juice, fresh or from concentrate
- Italian dressing
- Tahini (if you’ve never heard of this, don’t be alarmed. It’s just sesame seeds ground up into a paste)
- Parsley, fresh or dried
Do the following while singing your favorite Bob Marley song:
- Bring the chick peas to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. This is a total of about 5 minutes of your time.
- Wait about an hour or two until they’re soft.
- Drain and hose them off in a strainer.
- Blend equal parts tahini, lemon juice, italian dressing until it’s nice and frothy. It will take five, maybe seven, minutes to scoop and measure and blend everything.
- Dump about as many beans into your blender as you have frothy tahini sauce.
- Add parsley. Hey, I didn’t mention this before, but you might even want to scoop some fresh garlic or powdery garlic salt in here at this point. Why not?
- Blend until it’s all mixed up.
- Do you like the texture? If too thin, add more beans. If too thick, add more Italian dressing or whatever you think would cut the thickness and improve the flavor.
Now, the fun part. What can you do with hummus? Besides use it as inspiration for another list, and I love to make lists, you can do these and many other things:
- Smear on a large, soft tortilla, dump a bunch of romaine lettuce on there, roll it up.
- Do the normal thing and eat the hummus with chips.
- Drizzle some olive oil on it, shake paprika on it, and resell your $0.50 creation for $9 at an upscale restaurant.
- Laugh maniacally as you realize you will never have to pay for store-bought hummus again.