Sun Dried Tomato and Thyme Humus

Ah blog, how I’ve missed you. Between sailing 500 miles , starting a new job here, and gorging myself on veggies from my new Mariquita Farm CSA box this has been a very, very busy month. So busy, in fact, that it’s already time for another Vintage Recipe Swap! I know Christianna has been busy too. How she manages to keep all us swappers supplied with recipe inspiration while balancing the rest of her life I will never know.

My first CSA box: gorgeous lettuce, frisee, green garlic, French radishes and much, much more.

As crazy has things are these days, this swap was an easy one for me. Tomato pudding, you say? A condiment for meat? What a waste of a good pudding! The recipe Christianna supplied this month is tempting enough to try unaltered. Since it isn’t exactly tomato season, though, I’m stashing this dish away for a summer day when tomatoes make an appearance in my CSA box.

As odd as it seemed to use this dish as a condiment, I found myself taking the condiment route for my interpretation of “Tomato Pudding”. Ketchup, hot sauce, various vinegars, mustard, salsa…all those saucy spicy things we slather on our food are some of my favorite things to eat. I learned from my father to generously pepper and Tabasco my eggs. Lately, though, humus is undoubtedly my favorite topping, sauce, dressing, and spread. It’s multipurpose, healthy, and comes in enough variations to keep me entertained.

Spread Peace and serenity for lunch time.

I don’t know why it took me so long to start making my own humus, or to take the next step of cooking dried beans for that purpose. It’s not difficult and really doesn’t requite that much more time. Humus as become a staple of my busy work week lunches. I couldn’t dish out nearly as many sandwiches, salads, or dipping veggies as I do without it.

It isn't pretty but I pomise it's good.

I’ve made several humus and bean dip variations in the past couple months, playing with ingredients to get the optimum consistency and flavor. I encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to make their own humus. Get creative with what you add and with how you use the finished product. I am completely addicted to humus + a splash of vinegar on a fresh green salad. My dad eats his humus on warm corn tortillas. My husband gobbles it with chips. I even stuffed wonton wrappers with one batch of homemade humus for some interesting ravioli.

I stuck with the tomato theme from the swapped pudding recipe. Sun dried tomatoes are so perfect with chickpeas. The thyme came from last weeks CSA box. My oh my to I love my CSA box. This is my first experience with community support agriculture and I am in love. Give me a box full of fantastic green stuff every week and I will eat it, no matter how much there is!

Sun Dried Tomato and Thyme Humus

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (from a jar, not dried)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (or about 2.5 cups cooked)
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • splash of water

Instructions

  1. Cook chickpeas - I use a pressure cooker: cover the chickpeas with water in the cooker, add a tablespoon of olive oil to keep the froth down, cook for 7-8 minutes, remove from heat and allow pressure to come down naturally.
  2. Drain cooked or canned chickpeas.
  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl (if using a hand blender), a food processor, or a blender.
  4. Blend until the humus reaches desired consistency, adding more water if you'd like it thinner or less for thicker humus.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for later use.
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  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of CSA boxes! It’s like a Christmas present every week!

    I love what you’ve done with the original recipe. Hummus is one of those condiments that once you start making it on your own, it’s hard to go back to the store-bought variety. This looks great– sundried tomatoes and thyme, what could be better than that?

    • Rachel

      Why thank you! CSA might just be better than Christmas. I like presents that disappear into my stomach within a week.

  2. Wow, this hummus recipe is much easier than the one I tried a while back. It has much more flavor, too, with the sun-dried tomato and thyme. Sun-dried tomato is practically a staple here in Brazil. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing, friend. 🙂 🙂

    • Rachel

      Really, I would never have guessed that sun dried tomatoes would be big in Brazil. They don’t seem very tropical…but they sure are good!

  3. I love hummus and CSA boxes! great interpretation!

  4. What a great idea to add the tomatoes to a hummus. This sounds good.

  5. Lora @cakeduchess

    I love hummus and snack on it often. Your version of the recipe is great with the sweet sun dried tomatoes:)

  6. Brilliant idea! I made a spread thing the other day that just blew my mind but for some reason didn’t go that direction with this recipe. LOVE this idea. Great swap!

    • Rachel

      hehe, “spread thing” – that’s totally what I feel like calling most of my creations involving beans and a blender. It’s definitely a broadly interpreted humus.

  7. Great idea…I actually find hummus to often be a bit boring; tomatoes might do the trick for me! Love this idea for the swap.

  8. I have been making my own hummus for years, and I agree, it is one of the best condiments, so perfect just plain, and so easily spruced up with different additions. Sun-dried tomatoes are one of my favorite add-ons and your dish is a beautiful take on the original recipe. I applaud your enthusiasm about the tomato pudding, though! I am a bit intrigued by it, even though it really did not appeal to me, but my curiosity will win, I know:)

  9. Wow! That CSA box looks so much better than any we ever received in Prescott. By the end of that winter I never wanted to see another beet again, glad your brother likes them!

    I just started cooking big batches of beans and putting them in the freezer and made some garbanzos last weekend and have been thinking of hummus, maybe I’ll find some time this weekend.

    Much Love!

  10. Congratulation on your new job. I always wanted to work at the museum… Homemade humus is best meal ever.

  11. CSA boxes are such a great way to be creative! Totally agree about the intrigue of the original recipe. We will each have to make it this summer when tomatoes are in season, and swap our opinions. Your humus sounds delicious with the fresh thyme in it!

  12. Mmmmm! I love homemade hummus! Sun dried tomato and thyme… Oh man, I could totally get into that! So excited for fresh produce season, too!