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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Poor Man's Hummus

I like hummus but can't always fork over $ for the cost of the tahini (sesame seed paste). Yesterday while rummaging through the pantry I came across a package of past their prime garbanzo beans. What the heck ... cooked 'em up and they were a little flat tasting. Being frugal ... what to do? Aah ... marinate them ... this solved the problem. The recipe below produced a good tasting, tangy-lemony, lower fat version of traditional hummus ... and didn't cost an arm and a leg.

1 -2 cups drained marinated garbanzo beans*
buttermilk or thinned out plain yogurt
a clove or two of garlic
favorite flavorings: herbs, cayenne pepper, etc.

Place the drained beans in a blender. Add a little buttermilk (start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup) and blend to smooth paste. Add more buttermilk if it's too thick for a dip. Add additional flavorings and blend again. Serve with tortilla chips, veggie sticks .. or use as a sandwich spread.

*to marinate garbanzo beans use either canned or home cooked beans. Using a pint size jar, fill it 1/4 with apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of olive oil, two tablespoons water, your favorite dried herb (I used a pinch of tarragon), 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp sugar. With lid on .. shake well. Add about two inches of drained beans and add a lemon slice. Fill up the jar with additional drained beans and place a lemon slice on top. If more liquid is needed ... just add a little more water. Put on the lid and shake well. Refrigerate overnight. Ready to eat or make into hummus the following day. From a one pound bag I made up almost four full jars of marinated beans this way. Three went into the freezer (allow about one inch of head space in the jar if you freeze the extra beans).

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7 comments:

mangocheeks said...

I like this frugal version.

Roasted Garlicious said...

yum yum to hummus!!!
my daughter makes a similar version... as she's a busy mom, she uses canned chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice...all tossed in the blender..whirled till smooth... served with plain taco chips if she has no pita 'handy'... her kids love it.. and have no idea of what ingredients are missing...

DarcyLee said...

Sounds delicious. I like the idea of marinating the chickpeas, too.

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I like hummus too. Have you ever tried it as a filling for hard boiled egg whites instead of the yolks? It's good.

Mr. H. said...

We used your recipe as a reference and are making some hummus out of fava beans today. I think it will be really good.:)

Mr. H. said...

Our hummus was delicious last night...thanks for the recipe.:)

Mrs. Mac said...

Mr. H .. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. I tried a jar of the frozen garbanzo's today .. they don't freeze too well. I was able to make another batch of poor man's hummus but had to doctor it up a bit. Most beans I've frozen over the years have been fine .. this type gets a bit mealy and I had to super-duper blend it and add a little olive oil. It still was good after all the fuss.