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Classic Hummus

A creamy classic. Perfect for dipping just about anything… Or, eating by the spoonful.

Classic Hummus |

Squirrel and I happened upon a set of badminton rackets and one lonely, beaten up birdie the other day while we were visiting Squirrel’s parents.

I haven’t played badminton since my freshman year of high school, and Squirrel couldn’t remember the last time he picked up a racket. We glanced at each other, nodded, then quickly picked up the rackets and headed out to the yard to slap the birdie around. At first, it was just for kicks and giggles. Before you know it, our just-for-fun game quickly turned fierce and competitive.

I was hitting the birdie so hard it hit Squirrel in the head. Squirrel was using his “signature move.” How the man has a signature move after 5 minutes of playing is beyond me. I was taunting him. He was booing me. It got real ugly on the badminton field.

Here’s what I learned about myself while playing badminton:

  • I’m pretty bad ass at badminton. We weren’t keeping score, but I totally won!
  • I’m easily winded.
  • I forgot how much fun it is to play a competitive sport. Wait, is badminton a sport?
  • I can smack talk like a beast.
  • I can jump fairly high for a short girl.
  • I have awesome mid-air ninja moves while swinging the racket.
  • My under arm swing is total crap.

Oh, there will be frequent matches in our back yard. We live in a townhouse, so I’m going to get Squirrel to rig a net across our fence. It won’t be aesthetically pleasing, but good times will be had by all.

Smack talk and badminton work up a mean appetite. One of my favorite post-exercise snacks is homemade classic hummus.

Hungry calls for something quick. Hummus is just that. It literally takes 5 minutes to whip up.

Classic Hummus |

I learned how to make authentic hummus by a Pakistani couple. They’re patients of mine, and they’re the nicest couple I’ve ever met. One day, they showed up at the office with a huge bowl of freshly made hummus. One bite, and I was in love.

Lucky for me, they were nice enough to share their recipe and their method. Step-by-step, the husband and wife team taught me how to make authentic hummus. Not that crap you buy in the store. This is velvety smooth with hints of toasted sesame, zesty lemon, and garlic.

One batch will quickly turn into two, three…

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I like to dip just about anything into my hummus. My favorites are fresh veggies, pretzels, soft pita, tortillas, naan, and pita chips.

Sometimes, I ditch them all and grab a spoon. A larger vessel means more hummus in my face at warp speed.

Classic Hummus |

Grab your veggies, chips, pita, or spoon and go make yourself some hummus.

Classic Hummus
Recipe Type: Dip
Author: Jennie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1 1/2 Cups
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and juice reserved
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons reserved garbanzo bean juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


7 Responses to “Classic Hummus”

  1. #
    Kristina — October 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

    HAHA! I don’t think I’ve played since high school gym class either…too funny!

    I can never get enough of hummus, really pretty picture Jennie!


  2. #
    Julia — October 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’m so not badass at badmitton, but perhaps we can play a round, laugh at my lack of skills, then chow down on some classic hummus and veggies afterwards. :)


  3. #
    Mallory @ Total Noms — October 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    YUM! Love hummus, and always loved badminton in high school gym!!


  4. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    1-that’s awesome how b.a. you are at badminton

    2-What a sweet couple for teaching you!

    3-whoa. like…whoa. this hummus. amazinggg!


  5. #
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — October 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    OMG, yessssss! High five for badminton! I make it the star of the show at my annual sangria party, and force my friends to play. But turns out, they all love it, because it’s soooo much fun!

    I also serve hummus at said party. Nice and lemony, just like your recipe. If only you lived closer, then you could come to the party and we could enjoy these things together :)


  6. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This is such a gorgeously smooth, creamy hummus, Jennie! I want to dip a dozen pita chips in it!


  7. #
    Jenn and Seth — October 31, 2013 at 12:23 am

    this hummus looks so gorgeously creamy! I just want to shovel this into my mouth by the spoonful!


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