Sunday, October 14, 2012

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Do roasted garlic scented candles exist? They should. My house smelled absolutely DIVINE when I was roasting the garlic for the recipe. It uses a whole head of garlic! Mmmm :) Yup, garlic makes me smile. OK, enough gushing. I've made a lot of hummus lately! It's incredibly easy - the hardest part of this recipe is cutting the head of garlic in half. I had no trouble finding tahini (a sesame seed paste) in my grocery store. Once you have a container of tahini in your fridge, just buy canned chick peas whenever you want hummus! Of course hummus as a dip is a delicious snack, but I also like spreading it on sandwiches or Pita Melts instead of other condiments! This dish has such a rich flavor from the roasted garlic, and it's healthy! Yum.

Roasted Garlic Hummus
Makes 1 1/2 cups
Inactive time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

1 can chickpeas (15 oz)
1 head of garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ more for drizzling)
1 Tbsp tahini
1/2 cup water
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt

1. Peel off the first few layers of skin and cut the top half off of the head of garlic. Drizzle exposed cloves with 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast for 45 minutes at 400 degrees F.

2. Let the head of garlic cool for 5 minutes. Squeeze the cloves out of the skin and into the food processor. Drain the liquid from the can of chickpeas and add all ingredients to the food processor. 

3. Blend until smooth (this might require scraping down the sides and blending a few times). Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with pitas or crackers or spread on a sandwich or pita melt. Enjoy!

Yes that's right, a WHOLE head of garlic goes into this hummus. Don't be scared though! The roasting mellows out the strong raw garlic flavor. Roasted garlic is much more mild and rich. Mmmmm

Drizzle the cloves with a Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees F. One of my favorite cooking fragrances that fills the house, right up there with chocolate chip cookies, is roasted garlic. Mmm garlic <3

 The cloves will get sweeter and soft and mild. That's why the whole head of garlic isn't overwhelming in this recipe - the roasting. The difference in flavor before and after is amazing. I love some raw garlic in my life too, but for this recipe, roasting is the way to go.

Drain the chick peas and throw everything in the food processor! The garlic cloves can be squeezed right out of the skin. You might need to scrape the sides of the food processor down and blend a few times to get it smooth. 

I'm sure I've gushed about how much I love garlic enough, but I can't help it. It's the Greek side of me. But trust me when I say this hummus is amazing. Serve with pitas or crackers or spread it on your favorite sandwich, wrap, or melt. So healthy and so tasty!


  1. i feel like our apartment in college would constantly smell like roasted garlic & i miss it dearly. and you!! (p.s. i always add garlic to things these days!)


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