Renata’s Super Fast Party Hummus

  • Yield : 4 C finished hummus
  • Servings : 12
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 0m
  • Ready In : 10m

You need a large food processor if you want to whip this up fast.

Sometimes I make a fancier version with organic dried chick peas, and that is great too!

But when time and money evaporate, this dish feeds the gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and omnivorous masses.

It looks GREAT centered on a plain old tray or very large platter, with veggies and/or chips circling it like a wreath. 

I like to plonk my garlic clove into a bowl of hot water for a minute, especially for a crowd. If it was just me, I can handle and often love the powerful punch of raw garlic…up to 2 cloves!  

But crowd raw garlic feeding can be tricky. You can never be sure what the lowest common denominator will be.  Better to let your feisty friends crave a bit more. Don’t want to blow the head off a delicate friend!

Even with veggies and chips, this entire platter should feed a huge crowd for less than $10. 

Also great to make the night before!


  • 1 jumbo can  drained & rinsed (29 oz or thereabouts) chick peas (garbanzo, ceci, cece, chana)
  • 1/3 C tahini
  • 1/2 large clove garlic dropped in cup of boiled water for a moment to take the zing out
  • 1 whole lemon, juiced
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle for presentation
  • 1 small hand full chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 twists freshly ground sea salt
  • 2-3 twists freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

In a large food processor place chick peas, sesame seed paste (or tahini), garlic, lemon juice, olive oil & salt and blitz 30 seconds. If it's a little thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time and keep blitzing until it's as smooth and creamy as you like it.

Step 2

Taste for the amount of salt, lemon or pepper you like.

Step 3

When your eyes roll in the back of your head, it's ready to serve.

Step 4

Pile onto a festive bowl and scatter reserved whole chickpeas across top.  Zig-zag a drizzle of olive oil across the surface. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro leaves and a twist of salt and pepper for the finish.

Step 5

Beautiful served with chopped, seasonal, colorful raw veggies and/or blue tortilla chips.

















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