I grew up in a traditional all-American household. My mom grew up on a farm and ate meat and potatoes–and whatever could be grown in a garden in the North. Now she can cook Italian, Mexican, and a lot of other foods, but hummus was never on the menu. My husband’s mother is Vietnamese, so even though she can cook great American food, their main staple was rice, meat, and vegetables.
I had never eaten hummus until a few years ago. In fact, I don’t remember hearing much about hummus until the last 5 years or so. A few years ago, I had a neighbor that told me that she really enjoyed to eat hummus, so I asked her for her recipe. I tried it out, and my husband and I really enjoyed it! (My kids, however, not so much.)
I thought the hummus would be great with pita chips, but I’m so cheap that I hate the price of pita chips unless there is an awesome sale going on. So I googled “recipe for pita chips”, and found a recipe on allrecipes that we really like.
Both recipes are very simple–not as simple as picking the items up at a store–but I like the homemade taste better, and I definitely like the price better! I’m no expert on hummus as this is the only variety I make, but if you like hummus, try it out and tell me what you think!
I’ll give you the recipes, with a few pictures and pointers below the recipes!
- 1 can chickpeas garbanzo beans, drained (15 ounces)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- juice of 1 lemon or 2 limes I prefer lime juice for some reason.
- 2 garlic cloves crushed (optional)
- salt to taste
- cayenne pepper to taste I use only a very small pinch of pepper.
- One package of pita bread--I like the thin large pita bread. Look at pictures below.
- olive oil
- salt pepper, parmesan cheese, seasonings
Put all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth (or the consistency you desire.) If it's too thick, you can add a little bit of water.
I take a cookie sheet with an edge and cover it with aluminum foil.
Put the pita bread on the cookie sheet.
Brush both sides of the pita with olive oil using a pastry brush. I am not skimpy with the oil.
Shake salt, garlic salt, seasoned salt, parmesan cheese, or any other seasoning on one side of the pita. If you do both sides it is too much. (Sea salt and pepper would also be good.)
Take kitchen scissors, and cut the pita into into wedges.
Bake at 400° for 4-5 minutes or until lightly brown. They bake quickly, so watch closely!