I think it stands to be argued that after the hamburger, the buffalo wing is the next true representation of American’s food culture. I personally love anything with the tangy, hot flavor of buffalo sauce. Unfortunately, a fried wing tossed with hot sauce and butter is not the healthiest of dishes, so I like to get creative and try to find ways to incorporate the flavor into my diet, without the extra calories. Hummus has become extremely popular as a snack with a variety of brands and flavors appearing in the grocery aisle, but if you are not careful, what you think is a healthy snack, can easily be packed with fat and calories. I prefer to make my own hummus because it is easy, cheap and allows me to control the ingredients. I guarantee that once you make your first batch, all the ingredients will turn into a pantry staple in your household.
1 can of garbonzo beans
2 tablespoons tahnini
4 cloves of fresh garlic
3 tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon Juice to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
Your favorite hot sauce to taste (I use about 4 tablespoons of Franks Original Hot Sauce)
1. Pulse the garlic cloves in the food processor.
2. Add garbonzo beans, tahini, Greek yogurt, salt/pepper and lemon juice.
3. Blend mixture on high and stream in olive oil.
4. Add hot sauce and then pulse until mixed. I would start with a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) and then increase according to your taste. You can make your hummus mild, medium or hot.
5. Serve with pita chips, carrot sticks or celery sticks. If you want an additional kick of hot sauce, pour a little on top to make sure you have an extra kick with each bite!
The hardest thing to find might be tahnini, which is a sesame seed paste and I found it in my Harris Teeter near the Asian specialist products. Don’t worry, if you can’t find tahini in your grocery store, you can omit it and your hummus will still taste great! Most traditional recipes do not include the Greek yogurt, but I prefer my hummus to have a smoother texture and Greek yogurt provides a low calorie alternative to sour cream to achieve this. It may seem like there is a lot of garlic in this dish, but it really provides the best flavor and another kick to accompany the heat of the hot sauce. If you want to make a traditional hummus, just omit the hot sauce, but I highly recommend this version. It is flavorful and satisfying and sure to impress your friends at the next party.
The hummus will last about 5 days in the refrigerator and a month in the freezer.