Lemon lover's chummus {recipe review}

By | January 22, 2014


This is the first of two recipes that I’ll be testing and sharing from Jamie Geller’s new cookbook, Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes. I was provided with a review copy of the book, but my opinions are my own. You can see lots more of Jamie’s recipes and videos at Joy of Kosher.

My husband brought home a bag of lemons from his chavrusa the other night. (What did your husband bring home, huh?) They’re so tiny that I actually thought they were kumquats, but once their lemon identity was confirmed, I immediately plotted ways to use them. All 20 of them.

A handful went into some out-of-this-world guacamole, several handfuls went into a jar to get preserved, and the remaining bunch were turned into a seriously fantastic chummus. This chummus. I always like chummus, but I haven’t been so excited about it since … ever? It’s light and airy and refreshing, smooth and creamy and dreamy — I should probably stop while I’m ahead.

If you know anyone with a lemon tree, quick, hunt them down and beg for a bag. If not, it’s probably time to plant one yourself. But if all else fails, yes, you should definitely go buy some lemons from the regular old store and make this chummus anyway.

Note: I followed Jamie’s directions exactly and felt the chummus wasn’t creamy enough to fit her description, so I added water a bit at a time and kept processing. As I mention in the recipe below, I ended up needing ¼ cup water to get that perfect texture.

Recipe at a glance:

  • Accessible ingredients? Yes.
  • Multiple steps required? Nope. You just get everything into a food processor and press that beautiful button.
  • Left with lots of dirty dishes? Those processor pieces, they’re annoying to wash. But it’s worth it.
  • Taste worth the effort? Without a doubt.
  • Make again? I’ll totally make this again, but because it uses a lot more olive oil than I would normally put in one dip, it’s a more expensive chummus that I’ll make just from time to time.

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1 Comment

Debby on February 3, 2014 at 12:45 am.

Wow! Lemons from my friend’s tree and this is very delish!


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