There's really nothing like an impromptu dinner party after one of the hottest days of summer. There's something about the searing, slap-you-in-the-face heat that August brings that often becomes a balmy, pleasant night perfect for ice-cold beer, a platter of crudité, and whatever you have to clean out of the fridge. For affairs like this, (wo)manning the grill isn't an option. It's all about make-ahead foods or make-at-the-last-minute foods. Hummus can be both.
This dip is delicious no matter how long you sit at the table, it's vegan and kosher, and it's popular with adults and kids of all ages. Sure, you could always run to the store for a tub of the chickpea garlic dip, but the most popular hummus recipe on Pinterest is both simple to make and looks delicious.
This hummus recipe (adapted from Ina Garten), featured on Recipe Girl, comes together quickly and is ripe for variations. It has been saved over 50,000 times.
See it on Pinterest: How to Make Hummus from Recipe Girl (Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa)
Just combine canned chickpeas, garlic, tahini, olive oil, salt, lemon juice, and hot sauce in a food processor and blend until you achieve your desired consistency. Taste for seasonings, drizzle with additional olive oil, and serve. Yes, it's really that simple. However, it's also Ina's recipe (Patron Saint of All Things Delicious), so you know it's going to be fantastic.
The recipe is easy to change based on your taste and what you have in your fridge: Add your favorite herbs, spices, or oils to the mix. Top it with sautéed ground meat or toasted pine nuts. Add some roasted red peppers or maybe swirl in some harissa — the possibilities are endless!
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