We had hummus tonight for dinner. From a can. Don’t ask. Ok, do. We had hummus in a can and baba ghanoush from a can and grape leaves from a can. All bought in a strange trip to Produce World on the spur of the moment. It seemed like a good idea at the time but by the time we got home it wasn’t in the cards for dinner. Then it has sat in the cupboard like another Tarrant Weird Food Orphan (TM). Tonight for dinner I was shopping the cupboards and decided it was time for Greek Dinner from a can. It was not horrible. Really. But, I have higher standards for hummus.
My hummus experience started with a Tofu Hummus brought to grad school parties from a place that seems to be no longer in existence in Madison, WI-Magic Mill. It appears that it has been turned into a Whole Foods of all things. Oh well, it had been 14 or so years since I last had been in Madison so some things can change. However, I was a hummus addict by the time we left Madison. I figured out before we left Madison that the secret ingredient in the Magic Mills Hummus was tofu. That was what made it so creamy and delicious.
So…on nights when we don’t have hummus from a can or that quite good hummus that just changed their overblown packaging, I make hummus. Or dream of making hummus. This is how I do it:
1 lb tofu (silken/soft/medium works best-save the firm for something else)
2 cans garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
1/4 cup tahini or cheat with a couple tablespoons of peanut butter and some toasted sesame oil
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
A generous tablespoon or two of garlic
If you are lucky enough to have a food processor (I don’t), you can throw it all in the food processor at once. If not..start with the tofu, oil, lemon juice and garlic. Whir that together well in blender. Then slowly add garbanzo beans and maybe a bit of water or more oil.
If your blender or vita-mix dies during this process, throw it at that point into your mixer and cream it together. Throw the mixture, not the blender or Vita-Mix. Yes. This happened to me. Yes. I was crushed. I still am crushed. I dream of the day Vita-Mix sends me a free replacement just because I loved it so very, very, very much. There is a Vita-Mix fairy isn’t there? *sigh* I know. The Vita-Mix was replaced by a little retro Oster blender that I like to look at but really um, isn’t much of a blender. You can also do it the old fashioned way and mash by hand, but I love the super smooth creaminess that can be achieved by mechanical means.
Then use the hummus with oh fresh Italian bread or pita or crackers or spoon (I didn’t just say that spoon part…ok I did…but I do love the stuff) or however you like to eat your hummus.