Artichoke Balsamic & Basil Hummus is my most favorite hummus of the year! I have a true love affair with this hummus. I’m cheating on my old love, sun-dried tomato and basil hummus (recipe coming soon), with my new love. Believe me, she’s worth it. My husband doesn’t even like artichokes but loves the crap outta this recipe. I am a big fan of serving this with crackers and little brushetta-esk toasts. However, veggies, pretzels, pita bread, and other dipping vessels will more than suffice as well. So chomp down and do you! Just do it with this damn fine Artichoke Balsamic & Basil Hummus. Guilt free, regret free, recipe of the year. To jazz it up, I often throw in some parmesan cheese and garnish with that as well. In the recipe you see today, I used marinated artichoke hearts, however, if I had a can of artichoke hearts, I would’ve marinated them myself for a few hours or overnight in this: Olive oil, balsamic, salt, pepper, oregano, and fresh basil. Then I would’ve ignored the balsamic in the recipe card. If you’re lookin’ for quick, easy, delicious, impressive, and sexy apps for a soiree, you simply must add this to your repertoire. Cheating has never tasted soooo good. 😉
Disclaimer: I am not promoting cheating. Just having a true love affair with food.
- 1 can garbanzo beans (save the liquid from the can)
- 4 oz marinated artichoke hearts
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 2-3 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbl tahini
- 4 Tbl garbanzo bean liquid (or as much or little as you'd like for texture)
- Salt to taste
- 5 leaves fresh basil
- 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Parmesan cheese to taste
- Dried or fresh oregano to taste
- Place the tahini, basil, salt, bean liquid, garlic, and artichoke hearts in your mini food processor and puree
- Add the garbanzo beans, lemon juice, balsamic, and any more bean liquid you would like and puree
- If using parmesan cheese and/or oregano, add now and puree again
- Serve and garnish with basil and if you'd like, fresh ground pepper & parmesan cheese
- For a creamier consistency substitute half the can of garbanzo beans for cannellini beans.
- For an even more delicious flavor marinate your own artichokes using: olive oil, balsamic, fresh basil (chopped), dried or fresh oregano, salt, pepper. Marinate for at least a few hours or over night. Do not add the balsamic from the recipe card into the food processor if you've done this.
- Dry Sauvignon Blanc