In the event that you have never given it a try, hummus is a dip and spread that is originally from the Middle East. You will see that most hummus recipes call for chick peas or garbanzo beans, which are actually the same thing. Black bean hummus is also quite popular.
If you have sampled hummus in different restaurants, you have probably noticed that the dip can be very different from one location to another. This is perhaps one of the best things about hummus. It is very easy to customize the dish to suit your own taste buds. People that don’t care for chick peas may find that they like hummus made with black beans or white beans. When you are making hummus recipes at home, don’t be afraid to be creative and create a dip that is perfectly suited to you!
It is not at all hard to find numerous hummus recipes online. Just last week I ran across one that called for yogurt, which is something that I have never seen in a hummus recipe. I really like Greek yogurt and it is loaded with protein, so I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did! It really added a nice creaminess to the dish! The recipe also called for smoked paprika. I had regular paprika in my pantry, which would have been fine, but I decided to try the smoked paprika and definitely enjoyed the kick that it gave to the dish. In addition to tahini and garlic, the recipe also called for dill. Herb grinders are great for getting fresh herbs like dill to the perfect consistency for dips. Instead of buying pita chips from the store where they are loaded with fat, I decided to make my own. This was very simple. I just cut up some whole wheat pita bread, sprayed it with olive oil and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. Next I baked it in the oven for around 9 minutes and 400 degrees. It came out just perfect!