FFWD – Hummus

Hummus, with home-made bagels in the background.

We’re beginning our third year of French Fridays with something simple, which in typical Dorie fashion, can be experimented with until you find your favourite version(s). Hummus is something most of us can find at the supermarket, but it’s easy enough to make at home. Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic – those are the basics. I even made the tahini myself this time. The ratio is about 1 cup of toasted sesame seeds to 1/4 cup olive oil, more or less, depending on how thick you want it. Dump it all in the food processor and in a few seconds, it’s done. In this case, I just left the amount of tahini needed for the hummus in the processor and added the rest of the ingredients.

Dorie adds a bit of cumin to her hummus and I like adding a bit of chile flakes, cayenne, or hot sauce, too. A sprinkle of smoked paprika on top is both a predictable garnish and also delicious. I stuck close to the recipe this time, but you can add any number of flavours to hummus. Herbs or pesto are lovely, but even just bumping up the lemon or garlic can make a great variation. But, you probably know that already. I’ll just add that in the photo, you get a little preview of the next Baking with Julia assignment. Bagels and hummus make a great combination.

We started our first year of French Fridays with something quintessentially French, Gougères. Our second year began with a recipe that gently led (most of) us through new, even intimidating techniques in the kitchen – Olive-Olive Cornish Hens. Our third year’s begun with a bit of a softball, but one that reminds us how easy it is to replicate store-bought staples cheaply, easily, and deliciously at home. They’ve all been very much worth our time.

You can find many other blogged descriptions of this week’s FFWD recipe here: Hummus

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17 thoughts on “FFWD – Hummus

  1. I have loved all of our first of the year recipes and have repeated both previous recipes with great success on several occasions. I can happily predict that I also see many hummus repeats in my future.

  2. Oh gosh Teresa, I totally forgot about TWD assignments!! Good to see you are on top of things and made the bagels already, they look great! 😉 I haven’t heard of putting pesto in hummus, but I’m pretty new to the world of hummus anyways…

  3. What an excellent idea to make your bagels ahead of time…to serve with this wonderful hummus! And I’m so impressed you made your own tahini…brava!

  4. I love the color that the smoked paprika gave your hummus. We are not fans of garbanzo beans, so I didn’t make this, but I hope to cook along with the group again next week. It’s so hard to believe that it is the beginning of the third year for FFwD.

  5. Teresa, what a terrific post about the preparation of the tahini as well as the hummus. I had no idea that I could prepare the tahini this way – really great to know for further attempts at hummus. And the bagels (that scare me for some reason) look so wonderful (even it is only “a glance” at them).

    Have a great weekend!

  6. There are so many different ways to play with this one! I sprinkled mine with smoked paprika too. I didn’t know you could make your own tahini, but it makes total sense. After I finish the jar (that I bought for this recipe), I’ll try your way. I used tahini so infrequently that it’s nice to know that I could make my own. Happy year 3 to you, Teresa! Bagels look great. I can’t wait to make those.

  7. Teresa, I’m so impressed that you made your own tahini…I don’t think I would have thought to do that. Your hummus looks so pretty but I’m really wowed by the bagels! They look incredible! Happy Year Three!!

  8. This was a great recipe and I truly enjoyed it. Since hubby did not care for it, I had the whole
    bowl to myself. Yesterday I made a sandwich using hummus and fresh roasted red peppers that I had prepared. Loved it. I’m impressed that you prepared your own tahini, great job.

  9. Oh, Teresa, I knew someone would make his/her own Tahini and congratulations, it was you. You made the softball into something more creative and challenging, good for you. I am glad to be back, three weeks without my FFWD “fix” is hard! But, yes, my South American trip was spectacular.

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