Quick & Easy Hummus: 1 Recipe, 3 Ways

Hummus is one of those foods that I like to keep on hand. It makes the perfect snack, and I love to serve it when entertaining, too.

I’m not a fan of most store-bought hummus, however. It just doesn’t taste like the real thing. Plus, why buy from a store, when it’s so quick and easy to make?

Today I’m sharing my favorite hummus recipe, plus two easy variations. You are going to love it!

Quick & Easy Hummus

Quick & Easy Hummus: 1 Recipe, 3 WaysIngredients:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, lightly drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Salt to taste

Place the garlic clove in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped.

Mince garlic for hummusAdd remaining ingredients to the garlic and process until mixture is completely smooth and creamy. If needed, add a little water to thin the hummus out. Taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Quick & Easy HummusI like to serve the hummus drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a dash of smoked paprika. Pita bread or chips and fresh veggies are the perfect accompaniment.

Variation 1: Black Olive Hummus

Black Olive HummusAdditional Ingredient:

  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped olives (I like kalamata, but other types work, too.)

Add the olives to the completed hummus and process just until the olives are finely chopped. Avoid over-processing: you want to see some chunks.

Variation 2: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper HummusAdditional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted red peppers
  • Cayenne, optional

Add the peppers and optional cayenne to the completed hummus and process just until the peppers are finely chopped. Avoid over-processing: like the black olive hummus, you want to see some chunks.

That’s it. In five minutes, you have my favorite hummus! If you are looking for other recipes for easy entertaining, make sure to check out my Creamy Ricotta-Blue Cheese Spread.

OK, who wants to come over? I have a refrigerator full of hummus!

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Creamy Ricotta-Blue Cheese Spread

I love to entertain, but I tend to get a little type-A about it. It’s fun to put out an impressive spread, serve tasty wine, and show off an impeccable apartment. Unfortunately, that usually means scrambling beforehand, because let’s get real: my apartment is never spotless, and it’s a lot of work to prepare a great meal.

Lately, I’ve been doing things a little differently. I like to start things off with a great dip or spread, served with fresh veggies and crackers. Then I follow things up with an easy dinner (like pizza made with premade crust) and finish with a dessert from the bakery. How simple is that?

Here’s a recipe for one of my favorite dips.

Creamy Ricotta-Blue Cheese Spread

Creamy Ricotta-Blue Cheese SpreadIngredients:

  • 1 15-oz. container ricotta
  • 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • Salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Ricotta blue cheese mixture.Mix well, breaking up any large chunks of blue cheese.

Serve with crackers and veggies. The spread is also delicious spread on toast for a snack (my favorite way to eat it).

Creamy Ricotta Blue Cheese SpreadEasy EntertainingCome back next Monday. I’m sharing another recipe for easy entertaining: my favorite hummus!

What is your favorite easy recipe to serve guests?

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