Saturday, March 13, 2010

Doesn't get much better (and greener) than this: Herbed Avo Hummus

After bread, hummus is up there on the list of some of my top can't-live-without edibles. After investing in a mini food processor and discovering how easy (and fun) it is making my own hummus, I almost never buy it from the store. Lemon, olive oil, and garlic are all regularly stocked items in my kitchen and for the last few years, tahini and dry/canned beans have been added to the mix for the hummus essentials. I strongly prefer home cooked garbanzos over the canned version, but they do take a long time to make. I usually make a big batch and freeze the rest. I recently whipped this latest experiment hummus up and then called out to Significant (m)Other and brother demanding taste tests from them (and later nods of approval). My brother proceeded to eat over half the bowl in the next five minutes, stopping only because his dipping vehicle, baby carrots, ran out. And, isn't that green holiday just around the corner?

*Banana Wonder disclosure: I love garlic!

Herbed Avo Hummus

1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzos (you can use canned, but it's just not as good)
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons tahini
4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped 
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped dill
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 - 1/2 cup water (if necessary)

Blend garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and herbs in food processor until it looks like pesto. Add garbanzos and avocado and blend until smooth, adding extra water if necessary to ensure smooth blending and creamy final product.


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Peter M said...

Glad you're boiling the chickpeas, far superior to the canned variety.

Now..are you ready? I'd ditch the water and go all olive oil, that's just me. ;)

Banana Wonder said...

Gary - I second that! Thanks for stopping by =)

Peter - I swing the all olive oil too - in fact I usually do with the plainer hummuses (plural hummus?)

elly said...

This looks great! I'm not the biggest hummus/garbanzo bean fan - I can eat them, but I prefer every other bean. That said, I have been trying a lot more hummus lately and finding varieties I like more, and i know this would be one of them!

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Banana Wonder said...

elly - I bet you could do a great version of this using cannelloni beans, or even edamame!

Diana said...

Mmmm D Takes a B disclosure - I love garlic too! Sometimes I eat roasted cloves whole...