A Basil Hummus and Day 4 of Zesty Christmas

by zesty on December 7, 2011 · 103 comments

How To Enter the Kitchen Aid Giveaway Today:

For today’s entry – Tweet about the contest: “@ZestyCook is hosting a 12 Days of  @KitchenAidUSA Christmas giveaway!  Enter to win a KitchenAid mixer!  (http://wp.me/pimYR-1Kv).”   Must leave a comment on this post with the link to the tweet for the entry to be valid.  If you do not have twitter, you can just comment and tell a friend about it and let me know.

Super Yum Basil Hummus

Get your crackers ready, slice that pita bread in triangles and get ready for a dip.  You know what I am talking about.  Who does not like homemade hummus?  Who does not like basil infused hummus?  Well, roll up your sleeves, grab your food processor and give this a whirl.  It takes all of 5 minutes to make and you will not be disappointed in the least.

It sort of makes sense, doesn’t it? Like a cross between hummus and pesto. The basil and the pine nuts bring life to the hummus. A little tomato paste adds a touch of sweetness and the hot sauce adds just a little zing. This was a hit with everyone who tried it, so I hope you like it too.  Basil is pretty easy to get all year round but fresh homemade basil in late summer would be the cat’s *%s for this dish.


  • 1/4 Cup pine nuts
  • 2 Cups sweet basil leaves, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed then minced
  • 2 19 oz cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil
  • 1/3 Cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Tomato paste


  1. Heat the pine nuts in a small skillet on medium high heat. Stir them when they start to brown. When most of them have lightly browned, remove them from the pan into a bowl to cool. (Reserve a few pine nuts for garnish.)
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, place the basil leaves and the garlic. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add the rinsed and drained garbanzo beans, most of the pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, tomato paste, and a few dashes of Tabasco. Pulse several times, for several seconds each time, until the hummus is smooth.
  4. Add more Hot sauce and salt or lemon juice to taste.
  5. Add water to the point of desired consistency.
  6. To serve, place in a bowl and drizzle a little olive oil over it. Sprinkle with a few toasted pine nuts. Serve with pita wedges, crackers, or rustic bread.  Maybe even just a spoon!

Zesty Tip:  If the hummus sits for a day or two in the fridge, I like to drizzle a little olive oil over the top as it will begin to tighten up.  The olive oil will bring it back to the correct consistency.

Contest Recap

For today’s entry – Tweet about the contest: “@ZestyCook is hosting a 12 Days of @KitchenAidUSA Christmas giveaway!  Enter to win a KitchenAid mixer! (http://wp.me/pimYR-1Kv).”   Must leave a comment on this post with the link to the tweet for the entry to be valid.  If you do not have twitter, you can just comment and tell a friend about it and let me know.

Previous Ways to Enter

  1. Please “like” the Zesty Cook facebook page and come back and tell me you did it. If you are already a “liker,” leave a comment telling me you are already a fan.
  2. Tell me your favorite holiday tradition and leave a comment telling me.
  3. Tell Zesty your favorite Holiday dish

Please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry to increase your chance to win! 

Ok, I better get going here and get to the office.  Try this hummus and tell me if you love it!  I received a nice comment last night on my about page from a long time reader apparently.  Made me smileHave a great day and talk to you on Friday!

Take care


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1 Laura

I don’t have twitter, but I will tell someone. So glad you added in that option – I was all ready to be sad about not being able to enter the contest!


2 Glenda H

I, too, do not have a twitter account, but I have shared your post on my facebook page. Thanks!


3 Laurie

Im going to try this over the weekend! Sounds yummy. I don’t tweet but I’m going to share this post on my Facebook page!


4 vann benson
5 Eliana

I have tweeted! Such a great giveaway – http://twitter.com/achicabakes


6 Jessie
7 Mehgan Drake
8 Sharon
9 Carla Skiles

I don’t have a twitter account but I did forward this recipe on to a friend of mine that is a Hummus fanatic.
Thanks for sharing!


10 Sabra

I tweeted about your giveaway (@SabraPdM)


11 Cheryl

I do not have a twitter account, but I did share the Zestycook.com link/contest with my facebook friends! :)


12 Rose
13 Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run}
14 Kim D.
15 Dynamics

I tweeted but do not know how to get a link. I will also tell a few people.


16 Anne

No twitter here but I did share the e-mail with friends!


17 Kate Gagner

Can’t link to the Tweet, but it’s @KateGagner.


18 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen
19 alice
20 Jessie
21 Diane

This zesty basil hummus looks awesome. I like the idea of tomato paste. Interesting. Have you tried edamame hummus? Right now it’s my current fav.


22 Diane

I tweeted @eatcleanguru


23 Kelsey

I came, I saw, I wished for a new mixer, I tweeted! :)



24 Lys
25 Elina (Healthy and Sane)

I tweeted! Not sure how to link to the tweet but hopefully that’s enough :) https://twitter.com/#!/elinaholbrook


26 Kristy Doyle
27 Kristy Doyle

I liked the Facebook page (Kristy Joy Doyle on Facebook)


28 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run

Oh I tweeted alright! :D


29 Elina (Healthy and Sane)

I like Zesty Cook on FB! (as Healthy and Sane)


30 Nikki
31 Mai
32 Kristy Doyle

My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Eve bash that we have for my whole “family”, meaning actually my parents’ friends who I am not blood-related to, but have known my whole life. They are as much family to me as my blood relatives and it’s one of the few times we are all together in one room.


33 Laura

i told my roommate about it! she’s a foodie too, so she would love this giveaway!


34 Kim
35 Emily

A KitchenAid mixer is on the “I’m never going to own one, unless I get married” list – so I definitely tweeted this: http://www.twitter.com/emtucky


36 Emily

I also just liked the Zesty Cook fb page for good measure!


37 Emily s

I dont have twiter but i will tell a friend.


38 Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan
39 Marisa
40 Kylie

I made a Twitter account a long time ago, but I do not use it anymore. I’ve already told my sister about your site (and contest) and will also link this from Facebook.

I am definitely going to try this! I’m a pesto lover so anything similar to it makes me hungry.


41 Margarita

Posted the tweet ! check @m_mill :)


42 Carmen
43 Kristen
44 Natalie
45 Divya Vikram
46 Ashley @ Cooking for John
47 Meg LaCasse
48 Charissa
49 Kelly
50 Bridget

I love enjoying homemade chicken noodle soup on christmas eve with family :)


51 Jenne
52 Christine M
53 Christine M

Like you on FB
christine j mayfield


54 Christine M

My favorite holiday tradition is my hubby and I staying up super late every Christmas Eve watching movies, wrapping last minute gifts and eating lots of cookies we baked the day before while preparing for the morning and the kids excitement.


55 Christine M

My favorite holiday dish is seriously Turkey. We only eat it for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter so its a long awaited treat. . .ohh my mouth is watering just thinking about tons of turkey and gravy =)


56 Judy

I don’t have twitter but I shared your site with friends.


57 Debbie C

I passed your site and recipe on to my sister because she loves to try new recipes.


58 Katrina

I tweeted about the giveaway @koismith.
And the basil hummus sound SO good. My husband and I are hosting his company
Christmas party on Saturday. I’m making lasagna, but wondering what to have as an appetizer–and this sound perfect.


59 Katrina

I “like” ZC on FB.


60 Katrina

Favorite holiday tradition is making gingerbread houses with the family on Christmas Eve.


61 Katrina

Favorite holiday dish–I love sweet potato anything. There is a casserole with a streusel-like topping that I love!


62 Jessie
63 Lauren @ HugsKissesNDishes
64 AmandaRunsNY

Wowza what a give a way: https://twitter.com/#!/AmandaRunsNY


65 Jill Lombardo
66 myrc60
67 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie

I tweeted! I have been dreaming about what I would do with my own Kitchen Aid!



68 Jena L.
69 Cheryl

I don’t have twitter, however, I sent the link to zestycook.com and mentioned the contest to a number of my Facebook friends.


70 Cheryl

I don’t have twitter, however, I did send the zestycook link and contest info to a number of my Facebook friends.


71 Ashleigh @ simplehonestreal.com

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/AshleighSHR

I will need to give this hummus a shot! I am making a butter squash variety tomorrow :)


72 Karen Lynch

Tweeted the giveaway for a daily entry 12/7.



73 Kasey @powercakes.blogspot.com

My favorite holiday tradition is to have the family over on Christmas eve! I looove when the whole family gets together for holidays! :-)


74 Kara

Sounds delicious, I love hummus!


75 Gillian

No twitter but shared the contest with coworkers!


76 Audrey
77 Audrey

I liked you on Facebook.


78 Charissa
79 jules p

I am sorry..I do not have twitter….but I forwarded this link to 10 friends!


80 nikki

I tweeted about your giveaway, too! (@niksnacks). If I could figure out how to post a link, directly to the tweet, I would. The Internet is difficult lol (http://twitter.com/niksnacks)


81 Christine M
82 MargaritaPan

I liked zesty cooks facebook page!


83 MargaritaPan

My favorite holiday dish is pineapple glazed ham!:)


84 MargaritaPan

My favorite holiday tradition is putting up the Christmas tree and all the Christmas decorations!


85 MargaritaPan

I don’t have twitter but have told several friends about zesty cook!:)


86 Cassie Brindza

I do not have Twitter. I will most definitely tell my Sister about this site and today’s wonderful recipe! We both LOVE anything having to do with hummus. YUM


87 kasey
88 Kim Roach

Ummm I just tweeted it, and printed it. #makingthistonight

Here’s my tweet “A Basil Hummus and Day 4 of Zesty Christmas http://shar.es/oDgYz – Making this tonight! :)”


89 Kathleen Richardson

I like your hummus and pita photo. Very well done, Sir Zesty. Toasting nuts before using them always adds to the flavor, so kudos on that.


90 Sophie S

Looks delicious!

I tweeted this giveaway out



91 Susan Stahley
92 Matt

I made a twitter account to remain eligible for this give away. Took me a sec to figure the site out but I got it now :) Thanks for hosting such a cool give away!



93 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats
94 Sara Grambusch
95 LA Howe

I checked out your Facebook page and “liked” it. Nice way to get some zesty news about food.


96 Melodie

I don’t have Twitter but I have told several friends about this giveaway.


97 Megan's Cookin'
98 chris swan
99 lois

Unfortunately I do not have a Twitter account and don’t know how to Tweet. However I mentioned to my friend Meri who is an avid Tweeter and asked her to tweet her sweet little beak aout Zesty Cook. I hope that will do for my entry. I sure would love that mixer. In any case Happy Holidays to you!


100 Erin from Long Island
101 Miranda Couse
102 Lindsay

I tweeted about the contest at #ZestyCook. I am also a fan on facebook!


103 Heather

I tweeted about your contest!


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