I'm going to tell you my favorite kitchen secret.
You never ever have to make your own hummus in your whole life.
You don't have to peel individual chickpeas like lots of people will tell you.
You don't have to remember to soak dried chickpeas overnight.
All you have to do is keep some cumin in the pantry and a few lemons in the produce drawer.
I promise you- no one will ever be sad if you show up to their house with hummus that you didn't make from scratch. They will not care that you stopped at the grocery store on the way to their house if you follow these simple tricks:
1. Take it out of it's ugly plastic container.
2. Make a pretty swirl on the top of it, drizzle some olive oil in the crevasses.
3. Throw fresh crunchy things on top of it, surround it with bread/chips/other delicious things for dipping.
Here's a bomb recipe hack that will save you when you forget to get something for the party you are supposed to be at in a half an hour.
makes you know, as much as it makes
1 tub of your favorite store bought hummus (I love love Whole Food's original or Hope Brand)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 cucumber, seeded & diced
1 large heirloom tomato or 2 medium other tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, sliced super thin
Handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
Pinch salt & pepper
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
2 TBSP olive oil
In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the cucumber, tomato, onion and parsley in with the quick dressing you just made.
In a separate bowl, stir the zest and juice of the lemon + 1/2 tsp cumin in with the tub of hummus.
Plop the hummus on a pretty plate, swirl it all nice (don't do this too far in advance or it will get crusty and nasty on the outside)- top with salad + another drizzle of olive oil and serve with whatever your little heart desires! I especially love pita if it's been grilled!
(also- go wild with this concept and stir in whatever you like. Other good options are dill or roasted garlic or even some greek yogurt to make it super light and fluffy. Basically make your own flavored hummus. OG flavor hummus is usually pretty delicious from a grocery store, it's when they start adding a bunch of flavors that things can sometimes get weird.)