An Open Letter to Hummus (and a Recipe)

Hummus is on my mind lately, everyone.  I just thought you should know that.  It is so awesome, and it has been making daily appearances in my life.  I need a few moments to express my feelings for this super awesome food.  So bear with me as I get a little sentimental.

Oh, hummus.  I have nothing but love for you.

Shall I count the ways?

I shall.

1.       You are super versatile and can go on almost everything, from veggies to sandwiches or even used as a salad dressing.

2.       You are full of protein and make my tummy happy.

3.       There are so many flavor combinations to incorporate into you.

4.       You are made from a legume called either chickpeas or garbanzo beans, which are both on my top ten list of fun words to say out loud.

5.       Oh, I could go on forever, hummus.  But I’m hungry.  So I’m just gonna get to it.

Here’s a twofer recipe that starts with my secret to making perfect hummus: rosemary-infused olive oil:

Chunky Rosemary-Infused Hummus

1 can chickpeas (or garbanzo beans)
1-2 tbsp rosemary-infused olive oil (see recipe below)
1-2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp tahini
Sea salt to taste
Liquid reserved from chickpeas.

Blend all this up in your food processor until it reaches the desired texture (we like ours a little chunky).

Drizzle with more olive oil and top with rosemary sprig for presentation.

Proceed to shove it in your face with copious amounts of pita chips, veggies, etc…

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Fill a small container with olive oil, throw in some fresh rosemary and infuse overnight (covered, at room temperature).

I made a colorful veggie tray for my family to enjoy.

“hungry monster” is Renee from, a cooking and (occasional) crafting site.  She’s a self-taught home chef who likes to put her own spin on classic recipes.  Go visit her blog and say hi.


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  • erica May 3, 2012  

    ooh, i’m going to try infusing olive oil w/rosemary for hummus. fab idea!

  • CJ May 3, 2012  

    I think the hummus loves you back 🙂

  • Jens May 4, 2012  

    Talk about funny words: In German chickpeas are called “Kichererbsen” which translates to “giggle peas”.

  • Renee May 4, 2012  

    Jens, that made me giggle! 🙂

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