Last week my roommates and I attempted to host a book club meeting at our apartment. There are about 7 people in our book club and this month we read 50 Shades of Grey, for obvious reasons. Book clubs are just an excuse for ladies to sit around drinking wine and eating cheese and talking about their romantic woes, right?
I decided to make an olive hummus for this particular book club meeting. I love making my own hummus because it’s relatively cheap, easy, and you can add any flavor you want to it! In the past I have made pesto hummus, chipotle hummus, sun dried tomato hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, and garlic herb hummus. But this black olive hummus is by far my favorite.
- 1 garlic clove
- 1-14 oz can of chickpeas
- 3 TB tahini (I use Sadaf brand)
- 1/4 cup pitted black olives
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup olive oil (plus more for garnish)
- 2 TB pine nuts (for garnish)
In a food processor fitted with a steal blade, chop the garlic first. Then add the chickpeas, tahini and 2 TB of water and process until smooth. Push the sides down with a rubber spatula and add the black olives, salt and Italian seasoning. Process until smooth, adding more water by the tablespoon as needed. While the motor is running, pour in the olive oil in a slow, steady drip and continue to process. Taste for seasoning and smoothness. If too thick, add a little more water or olive oil (I opt for water since there is already a lot of oil in it).
Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with pine nuts, a little Italian seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with warmed pita bread, veggies or pita chips. Enjoy!