Perfect Hummus and Pita Chips

20 Oct

I love Hummus! I really, really love hummus. I make a big batch every week. I eat it with veggies, make sandwiches with it, and of course eat it with pita chips.

I start with salt and 5 cloves of garlic in the food processor. Then I add 3 3/4 cup of soaked and cooked garbanzo beans (which is equal to 2 cans of beans).

Instead of olive oil, this authentic Lebanese hummus uses the liquid from the beans. Adding the liquid a little at a time ensures the hummus will come out the perfect consistency.

Tahini is added to the beans (pulse to combine). The lemon is added last, so that the hummus can be to taste. I like my hummus a little lemony, but not overly lemony like some commercial brands.

Blend in the food processor until it’s creamy and smooth.

Garnish hummus with a drizzle of high quality olive oil and paprika to serve.

And what’s the perfect accompaniment to hummus? Pita chips of course!

The amount of pita bread you will need will depend on how many chips you desire. I used three pieces for this recipe.

Cut into chip size pieces. I find this job is super easy using kitchen scissors.

Lightly brush each piece, front and back with olive oil. Note the picture below shows heavy oil on the pita, I thinned it out.

Salt and bake, then serve!

Hummus

3 3/4 cup soaked and cooked garbanzo beans, reserve liquid

4- 5 cloves of garlic, to taste

2 teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons tahini

1 to 2 lemons, to taste

garnish: high quality olive oil, paprika, olives or pine nuts

  1. In a food processor add garlic and salt. Pulse for 30 seconds.
  2. Add garbanzo beans, adding only a small portion of bean liquid. Pulse till mixture is smooth,adding more liquid as necessary
  3. Add tahini pulse 30 seconds.
  4. Add the juice of one small lemon, pulse, taste and add another lemon if desired.
  5. Remove hummus to a serving bowl and garnish just before serving.

Pita Chips

3 whole pita bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoon salt, more if desired

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut pita bread into chip size pieces.
  3. Lightly brush each side with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle salt evenly over chips.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Shake chips halfway through.
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2 Responses to “Perfect Hummus and Pita Chips”

  1. HealthyHomemade October 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    What a lovely recipe! It sounds delicious. šŸ™‚

  2. Gihane Kaddoum January 21, 2015 at 2:49 am #

    If you don’t mind, i would like to suggest that you use ice cubes (just a few) when your blending, it gives the hummus texture and a great color. Courtesy of my mother in law! šŸ™‚

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