I’ve always enjoyed hummus, but since switching to a low-dairy diet (you can read more about that here), I’ve really come to love it. Like we used to hang out in larger groups and hook up every once in a while, but now we’ve gone full-on “Facebook official” with the relationship and Hummus takes me on dates and holds my hand and stuff. It’s serious.
I use hummus on sandwiches instead of cheese, and when it comes to dips and cracker toppers, I don’t even miss dairy as long as I have a bowl of hummus.
This zesty lemon artichoke hummus recipe packs a big punch with the flavor profile—we’re talking garlic, lemon and cayenne pepper. It’s amazing. But if you prefer a milder taste, just use 1 garlic clove instead of 2 and 1/8-¼ tsp of cayenne pepper instead of ½ tsp. After doing some Internet recipe research, I adapted mine from this one and this one.
Zesty Lemon Artichoke Hummus
Yields 2 cups of hummus.
- 1 can artichoke hearts (14oz can, which is about 6 hearts)
- 1 can chickpeas (15oz can)
- 2 cloves garlic (just 1 if you prefer milder flavors)
- 6 tbsp lemon juice (about 3 lemons’ worth)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup tahini
- ½ tsp cayenne (only use 1/8 to ¼ tsp if you prefer milder flavors)
- salt and pepper to taste
- parsley for garnish
- Drain, rinse and dry and chickpeas and artichoke hearts. I’ve heard it’s best to remove the skins of the chickpeas to make a smoother hummus, but I don’t. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
- Mix everything together in a bowl except for the parsley and ½ an artichoke heart (chop that up and use as a garnish). I like to mush my chickpeas with a fork because my food processor is small and, well, a cheap POS, so I find some pre-smushing helps the resulting hummus be smooth.
- Blend in a food processor. Garnish with some parsley, the chopped artichoke and a little drizzle of olive oil.
- Serve with pita chips, crackers or cut veggies, or use as a spread in pita wraps and sandwiches.
Serving Size = ½ cup
–Calories from Fat: 142
Total Fat: 16g
–Saturated Fat: 1g
Total Carbohydrate: 24g
–Dietary Fiber: 7g