Hummus is probably my favourite healthy snack! It's a great addition to a mezze, or a lunch, and it's really versatile. You can have all sorts of flavour combinations and garnishes, depending on what mood you're in.
This Rosemary Hummus recipe is one of my favourite experiments. It's really quick and easy to make, and has a lovely rosemary flavour running through it, without it being too overpowering. To speed things up, I've used cannellini beans rather than chickpeas. They give the hummus a nice creamy texture and they don't require de-shelling, which saves a lot of time. You can have this on the table in under 30 minutes, just be prepared for it to be snapped up quickly!
INGREDIENTS (15 minutes, plus cooling)
400g tin of cannellini beans, drained
Bunch of fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon tahini
1 small clove garlic (1/2 clove if you don't want a strong garlic taste)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Teaspoon olive oil + more to garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Za'atar to garnish (optional)
Drain and rinse the cannellini beans. Add them to a saucepan in boiling water along with a fresh sprig of rosemary and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Roughly chop a tablespoon of fresh rosemary and a garlic clove (or 1/2 if you don't want it garlicky). Add them to a blender/chopper with the tahini and lemon juice and blitz.
When ready, drain the cannellini beans and add to the blender mix and blitz until smooth. This will take a couple of minutes. While you're doing this, slowly pour in a teaspoon of olive oil until you have the right consistency.
Season with lots of salt and pepper to taste and leave to cool fully before storing it in the fridge. When you're ready to have it, take it out of the fridge 30 minutes in advance and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of za'atar or a sprig of rosemary (optional).
And it's as easy as that! You can serve up with crudités, some grilled pittas or just some simple breadsticks.
As ever if you give this one a try, don't forget to snap a picture and tag me on instagram or twitter. Happy hummus-ing!