Once you see how easy it is to make hummus at home, you will never go back to the store brands. One of the best things about this wholesome dip, is that you are free to be creative and add other flavors according to your preference. For those who love the traditional roasted garlic hummus, try garlic scape hummus instead. It adds a whole new level of garlicky goodness to this traditional Mediterranean dip.
What is a garlic scape? A garlic scape is the stalk, or stem, of a normal garlic bulb that majority of people have all come to love. They can be found in markets and grocery stores around late-spring, but keep in mind that note all garlic scapes are created equal. While all varietals of garlic have these scapes, or stems, they do not all provide the same flavor profile. Instead, each scape's flavor will vary from garlic type to garlic type. So feel free to test out a bunch here and there to see what impact these variety of mild-flavor scapes can have on your favorite dishes.
We feel they are fabulous in pesto and provide a more subtle flavor to the traditional garlic clove. Just chop them up and add to the rest of the ingredients- no additional prep needed.
When it comes to the chickpeas, you have options. Canned chickpeas are the easiest and don't sacrifice too much of the flavor. However, those wanting to take the recipe to the next level, can use dried chickpeas. If you are using canned, soaking the chickpeas in a bowl of water and working with your fingers to remove as many skins as possible will ensure your hummus is as creamy as possible. Don't spend too much time (a couple of skins) won't hurt, just do the best you can.
After all the prep is done, the recipe is as easy as throwing everything in the food processor. A blender is also a good option. If the consistency is too thick, add a bit more warm water to get it just right. Serve with crudités or fresh pita.
- 1/3 cup garlic scapes (chopped)
- 1 (16-ounce) can chickpeas (drained)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup warm water
- Sea salt (to taste)
First, finely chop your garlic scapes by hand or in food processor.
Next, add all of the remaining ingredients to either the food processor or blender and pulse until you get a creamy consistency.
Feel free to add additional warm water if needed, in order to loosen the texture.
Serve at room temperature immediately or store in refrigerator for serving in 1 to 2 days.