Roasted Garlic White Bean Hummus
For years I thought I disliked hummus. I found it boring and often bland with a flavor that did absolutely nothing for me. The problem? I wasn’t making it myself. When I finally tasted homemade hummus I was sold instantly. I’m sure there will be many who disagree with me but I have yet to find a store bought version that tastes good to me. Trust me, I’ve tried all the brands that people seem to go crazy for. Blech. Homemade hummus is one of the easiest things to make. There is no good reason not to make it from scratch!
Beans. Garlic. Tahini. Lemon Juice. Olive oil. Salt and pepper. You might already have all of these items in your kitchen and if not, they’re cheap and easy to find at the local grocery store. I can pretty much guarantee that making it from scratch is cheaper than buying it pre-made. You basically put everything in a food processor, puree the hell out of it and it’s done. There is no excuse! You can even make it in a blender if you don’t have a food processor. If you think you don’t like hummus, give this a try. I wasted years of precious hummus eating time. Life is short!
For this recipe I’m using white beans instead of the standard garbanzos. Honestly I almost always use white beans now because I love the smooth texture. You can make smooth chickpea hummus by peeling the skins off each individual bean but I tried that once and nope. Not doing it again. White bean hummus is all I need. Most hummus recipes have one or two cloves of raw garlic but I prefer roasted garlic when I have the time. It’s milder and slightly sweeter. You can use a lot more of it. The last time I made this hummus I believe I used the entire head of garlic. Warning: roasting takes away much of the bite but you might not be kissable for a few hours if you use too much. I recommend roasting the entire head and adding 1 tablespoon at a time until you’re happy with the flavor. Or do as I did and make sure to feed a whole lot of it to your significant other while enjoying it.
- 1 whole bulb garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 14.5 ounce can cannelloni beans
- ½ cup tahini
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup water
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice off the top of the garlic head so that a small amount of each clove shows through. Place the garlic in a small ramekin and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Cover the ramekin with foil and roast the garlic for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once the head is cool enough to handle, squeeze the roasted garlic cloves into a small bowl and smash with a spoon to make a paste.
- In a food processor, puree the cannelloni beans, tahini, olive oil, lemon and water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon or more of the garlic puree and process until smooth.