Jan 18, 2008

Hazelnut Hummus

This different, nutty alternative to plain hummus can be served with pita chips, crudites, or crackers.

1 cup toasted hazelnuts (about 4 oz.)
1 can (14 oz.) garbanzos, rinsed and drained

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons or less
Salt and pepper

To toast the hazelnuts, bake in oven at 375 degrees until golden under skins (break one to test), 10 to 15 minutes.
When cool enough to handle, rub in a kitchen towel to remove as many skins as possible

In a food processor, whirl hazelnuts until smooth. Add garbanzos, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and lemon juice, and whirl again until smooth.
Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin to desired consistency.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

MAKES: 2 cups


The Hummus Blog stuff said...

Ok, Hazelnut. But for crying out loud - whats about tahini? In order to be called "hummus" it has to include
a. chickpeas.
b. tahini.
c. lemon, garlic & salt.
Otherwise, you are missing the point my friend.

Lionel said...

I think the hummus blog guy is missing the point. .

Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo. This recipe does contain lemon, garlic, etc.

What is missing is the sesame (tahini) because the hazelnuts are the substitution for tahini.

All food evolves and this small recipe is contains one small change rather than a large alteration,

Anonymous said...

I love GOOD Hummus - has anyone tried the new Hummus from Canada now in USA - I found Fountain of Health Hummus at my Kroger store in Cinc Ohio - IT IS INCREDIBLE !
With no preservatives - nice and creamy - very good.

Lionel said...

Sabra brand hummus found in the northeast is an excellent choice for pre-made hummus.

Anonymous said...

Lionel,you have a very beautifull website and I'm going to try some of your recipes,but I have to agree
with the HummusBlogger .

Hummus does mean chickpeas in both Arabic and Hebrew,but it is also
the shortened nickname for Hummus & Tahini dip in same said languages.

Yes , food evolves , but some foods
eaten by millions of people have been perfected to a level of art.

Hummus without the Tahini is NOT Hummus! It can be Indian Chana Masala or Morrocan Harira soup(in both of which chickpeas are a very important ingredient) but it is not hummus.

The Tahini is just as integral to the hummus as the chickpeas.

Hummus is a very traditional dish ,
a very nutritional dish, and the subject of many discussions and dreams in the middle east where people eat hummus everyday and it is available in every street.

It is fantastic how today food from around the world becomes available around the world, but before we change and improvise on traditional dishes we should try eating and cooking them the way they have been cooked and eaten for millenia .

When I go to a restaurant(except the middle east that is) and order
hummus - I want to get my middle eastern hummus(then can argue about its exact texture and taste)
not - excuse me - some concoction
that too often is made that way due to the in-availability of Tahini in the area.

If this comes across as arrogant I appologise,that isn't the intent at all, it's just I have been disappointed by pseudo hummus all too often in various places around the world.

For us in the middle east hummus is not some fancy exotic food it would be nice to try some time,
it's as important as oxygen and water ...

Anonymous said...

Sabra? You mean, the now Pepsi owned Sabra which is being mass produced at record pace, and no longer has the same flavor and texture it once had? If you want an even better hummus than Sabra; try Fountain of Health Hummus. I promise you; you will not go back to Sabra. This Hummus is truly amazing, all natural, and tasted just like homemade hummus. Their Caramelized Onion Hummus is amazing! So is their Roasted Red Pepper. All of them are actually great! Try it, and see what I mean...Fountain of Health is the way to go if you want really good Hummus. Top of the line..