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February 1st 2012; Cincinnati: Baked Parmesan Hummus February 1, 2012

Filed under: Food — ceb33 @ 9:56 pm

It’s a balmy 61 degrees outside.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone outside in February without a real winter coat on.. until today.  I wore a fleece jacket and some jeans, and — in light of the wonderful weather and no class — I walked down to the Indian grocery to buy the first ingredient of many {ginger garlic paste $2.99} for my second attempt at making chicken makhani (the first didn’t turn out so well).

Anyway, the goal of this blog is to keep a running tally of the things (whether food or crafts) that I make.  This will include directions, recipes, the cost of the project, whether I liked the final result, and suggestions for the next time I make it.

For starters, last week I tried to make Baked Asiago Hummus [original recipe from Better Homes and Garden (http://www.bhg.com/recipes/from-better-homes-and-gardens/january-2012-recipes/#page=8)%5D… However, I didn’t have asiago cheese, so mine was Baked Parmesan Hummus.

Baked Parmesan Hummus:

1 tsp onion powder
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
½ tsp garlic powder
a dash or two rosemary
6 Tbsp shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 F.
In a blender I combined beans, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, rosemary, 2 Tbsp water, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper. Process until smooth*. Stir in 2 Tbsp of the cheese. Transfer to a casserole pan.
Top with remaining cheese. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is browned and hummus is heated thoroughly.

Now there were multiple problems with this recipe.  First, the original recipe asks you to use a food processor rather than a blender — unfortunately I don’t have a food processor — the blender wasn’t particularly good at catching the beans so I ended up having to squish the beans with a fork.  No good.

The second problem: the hummus was very bean-y (that’s not a word) and bland.  Now I prefer my hummus to be like that made by Sabra.  In order to get the correct flavor I think I should have added some tahini sauce and maybe some lemon juice.

Perhaps when I buy a food processor I will try this recipe again.

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