PW — Recipe #8 — Hummus

Would you believe that I made not one, not two, but three different Pioneer Woman recipes for my party on Monday?  Yes!  I made the Hummus, Cherry Limeade and Oatmeal Whoopie Pies.

I was totally geeked that I had a reason to cook up so many at one time.  Maybe I should have a party every other week.  I would say every week, but I need a week off to recuperate.

Sorry, I didn’t get a close-up picture of the hummus.

Ree Drummond (aka. PW) has a recipe for Classic Hummus on her blog here.  The recipe I used — which is in her newest cookbook — varies slightly from the recipe I found on her blog.  I’m sure either one is yummy, though.

This is PW we’re talking about, after all.

My experience making hummus (I was a homemade hummus virgin — no longer) wasn’t the most pleasant one.  First of all, to make hummus you need tahini.  Try finding tahini at Walmart.

Go ahead.  I’ll wait.

No?  Didn’t think so.

I did finally find what I thought was tahini at Meijer, but upon reading the label I saw that the ingredients included tahini, garbanzo beans, water and a couple of other ingredients.  Not exactly what I wanted, but it was better than nothing, so I bought it.

PW photographs every step of her recipes, so when it showed the tahini pouring out of a measuring cup, I knew for certain that I didn’t have the right stuff.  My “tahini” was a thick paste, not a liquid.  Oh well.  This was the morning of the party and I didn’t have time to order the real deal from Amazon.

I attempted to blend everything together in a blender, rather than a food processor, because that is what PW told me to do.  I kept having to stir the mixture every few seconds, while Violet screamed from the other room to “Stop doing that!!!”

She doesn’t like loud noises.

Finally, I had to divide the mixture in two equal parts and blend them separately, then mix them together.

I was worried that the hummus was a complete failure, but vowed not to say anything to the party guests beforehand.  (I have a bad habit of announcing my flaws and supposed failures up front, before anyone else has a chance to.)  Maybe letting it sit for a few hours helped the flavor, because when party time came, the hummus tasted good!  A bit chunkier than store-bought, but the texture wasn’t bad and the flavor was pleasant.

Updated Rankings:

#1:  Apple Dumplings

#2:  Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

#3:  Green Bean Casserole

#4:  Mustard-Whiskey Meatballs

#5:  Make-Ahead Muffin Melts

#6:  Knock You Naked Brownies

#7:  Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

#8: Hummus


There are a few other ingredients I want and can’t find in the local grocery stores, so I think I will be placing an order on Amazon soon.  And when I do, tahini will be at the top of the list.


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