I cannot tell y’all how much I ADORE hummus. Hummus is a Levantine Arab dip and spread made of chickpea aka garbanzo beans, tahini (blended sesame seed paste) and olive oil that has become the unofficial cultural dish of the Middle East region. My kids and I love hummus. We eat it with pita bread, crackers, raw veggies and even on sandwiches as a replacement for mayonnaise! There are many variations of classic hummus which include roasted red peppers, roasted garlic and various spices and herbs. It was inevitable that I would remix it as well to reflect the taste of my family’s preferences, and in this case, my political leanings. My Black Power Hummus includes black beans, cayenne for kick and sesame oil for a rich, deep nutty flavor. This hummus is strong, smooth and spicy. It has swag. Just like us!
The key to an awesome and smooth hummus is the order in which you add ingredients to the blender/processor. This is a trick I learned from Inspired Taste.
Equipment: High powered blundered or food processor
1 can chick peas (rinsed)
1 can black beans (rinsed)
¼ cup lemon juice (I prefer fresh lemon juice)
½ cup tahini
1/3 cup olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
½ teaspoon cayenne
1 tsp sesame oil
Salt to taste
Now, about that trick – let’s blend the ingredients. Start with your lemon juice and tahini first. Blend on high for about a minute. Add the olive oil and garlic and blend for another minute, scraping down the sides halfway through. Add chickpeas, salt, cumin, cayenne and blend for about 30-60 seconds. Scrape down the sides of your processor again, adding black beans and sesame oil. Blend. At this point you’ll probably need to add some water – one tablespoon at a time while the blender is going until it reaches a smooth consistency, and there are no bits of peas or beans left. You will see dark black specks from the black beans, that’s normal. Taste and make any additions as needed (i.e. more salt or cayenne).
Store in an airtight container. Serve by creating a well in the middle and pouring in a tablespoon of olive oil with your favorite whole wheat or gluten free pita bread, crackers or fresh veggies. Yum!