I love experimenting, making new things and using up what I have in the fridge and pantry. Dips are great to while up if you’re entertaining or if you’re looking for a healthy snack and I have a few recipes that are super easy and so delicious. I can guarantee that you’ll have most of the ingredients already and all you need is a food processor (these things are magical when it comes to saving time in the kitchen).
Homemade Hummus (serves 6-8 as a starter)
Hummus is so simple, requires no cooking and you can use it as a side and serve it with corn chips or Turkish bread. Yum!
- 2 x 400g cans of chickpeas (reserve the liquid and a few chickpeas for decoration)
- 4 tsp tahini
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp crushed sea salt
- 6 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
- 3½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Paprika (optional)
- Coriander or parsley leaves (optional)
Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and tip into the food processor. Add the tahini, crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and seven tablespoons of the reserved liquid from the cans. Turn on the food processor and slowly pour in the oil while it runs.
When the mixture is smooth, transfer it to a nice serving bowl. Drizzle with some more extra virgin olive oil and decorate with a few whole chickpeas. Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped coriander or parsley leaves, for colour.
Note: Taste it when you’ve blitzed it to a smooth consistency. Add more garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. It really depends how you like it! Hummus is so simple, requires no cooking and you can serve it with grilled meats, serve it with corn chips or Turkish bread. Yum!
Mix it up: I love plain hummus but once you’ve mastered the basic hummus you could add black olives, red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, jalapenos, caramelized onion, coriander seeds, paprika, dried chilli flakes or sumac. If you want the texture to vary then add your ingredient of choice in pieces or if you want it smooth add it to the rest of the ingredients. The fun thing is that hummus is a great thing to experiment with to see what you like!
Tip: If you don’t have a lemon juicer then roll the lemon in a bench before you cut it in half to make it extra juicy. Cup one hand leaving enough space between your fingers for the juice to come through but not enough that the seeds will. Then squeeze one half of the lemon with your other hand. Do it in a separate bowl until you get the hang of it so the seeds don’t fall into the mixture. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Stay tuned for the recipe for a beetroot dip and a carrot and cumin dip.
Foodie friends, what’s your favourite food to make when you entertain?