Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sesame Black Olive Hummus

I just made Black Olive Hummus with Sesame Oil last night, and it was so good that I had to share the recipe. Usually traditional Hummus calls for Tahini, which is a sesame paste almost like peanut butter. But since I don't usually use Tahini, I saw no need to buy it. Here is my recipe without it. I hope you like it. (I cannot take credit for the picture. I failed to take a picture of my hummus, so I pulled this off of the internet)

2 15 oz. cans of garbanzo beans drained
1 15 oz. can of black olives, reserve 3 Tb. of liquid
1 garlic clove minced
2 lemons juiced, remove seeds
1 Tb. of Sesame Oil

Directions: If you have a food processor, this will make your life TONS easier. I will assume you have one. Throw in 1 garlic clove and mince the crap out of it. Add in 1/2 can beans and blend really really well. This insures the garlic is minced really small. Add in the rest of the beans, the juice of both lemons, reserved olive brine, the tablespoon of sesame oil and grind grind grind until almost pureed. Add more olive brine if needed. Pour into a bowl. Then, add the olives, the whole can to the food processor and coarsely chop (don't worry about cleaning out your food processor). Chop until desired consistency and stir into hummus. Sprinkle with a few reserved olives if you'd like, and sprinkle with paprika if needed for presentation value.

Tips and Variations: Use Greek Olives, Green Olives or Roasted Red Peppers. Also, taste as you go. I ended up adding about a teaspoon of sea salt, but only because I like my hummus a bit salty. This is certainly NOT needed because the olives are fairly salty, but will be needed if you make the Roasted Red Pepper variety.

Serve with Club crackers, Ritz crackers, carrots, cut red pepper and other veggies for dipping. Of course you can serve it with pita bread, pita chips or my favorite, Gorgonzola Crackers from Trader Joe's (a fairly new item). I personally like cut veggies because you can't have too many veggies in your diet right? Enjoy!


  1. I have never made hummas before.... I think I might have to try this.

  2. LOVE hummus. Don't like olives. :(

    Hey, I put my 'recipe' up for you. :)

  3. Camille - it's super easy to make, and oh so yummy if you like black olives (or any olives for that matter because you can use any that you'd like). There are tons and tons of recipes out there, don't feel compelled to try this one. I like strong flavors, so this one isn't for everyone. :)

    Annie - Oh, too bad. But, you can certainly leave out the olives and try something else, or make just plain hummus if you'd like. Sometimes I just add the ingredients on the list here, plus a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little kick. But, like I mentioned above, there are tons of recipes out there, most that are better than the one posted here. :) Thanks for posting that recipe. I checked it out and it sounds wonderful. Of course I am a sucker for all things tomato, so I will certainly try this. :)