homemade hummus

i’ve had a can of chick peas just sitting in the cupboard, and have been meaning to make hummus (or possibly some sort of spiced indian chick pea recipe). anyhoo, i finally searched for some hummus recipes to get some ideas, and decided to try a version without tahini. here’s what i did, and it tastes really good – and cheaper than store-bought! chick peas, which are the main ingredient, are, like, $0.79 a can! measurements are approximate and to taste; start out with a lesser amount and add more as you go.

1 can chick peas, drained (reserve liquid)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped (i used a small spoonful from a jar of chopped garlic)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt (the jane’s crazy blend is my favorite)
dash oregano (or other desired spice, such as basil, sage, etc.)

just dump all the ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend until smooth. the mixture will be really thick, so add some of the reserved liquid and keep processing until you reach the desired consistency. taste, and add more spices until it’s the way you like it. it made a significant amount, so we’ll see how it keeps in the fridge. next time, i might try adding sundried tomatoes. yum!