Homemade Hummus

Hummus is a delight I discovered just a few years ago, and it’s become one of my favorite “healthy” snacks.  After trying a few commercial brands,  a friend told me it was super-easy to make at home, and suggested that I might have most of the ingredients at home.  Had to go to the store for chickpeas and tahini, but once all the ingredients were assembled, I gave it a go.  YUM. Seriously.  I usually enjoy it with toasted pita bread or as a dip for veggies, but it also makes a tasty salad dressing if you add a little water or olive oil to thin it out.

1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas
1/4 cup tahini, stirred well
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
kosher salt

Optional Garnishes
sesame seeds
chopped fresh parsley

can opener
small (1.5 quart) mixing bowl
strainer, or colander
measuring cups and spoons

1. Place strainer over bowl. Pour chickpeas into strainer to catch chickpea liquid in bowl. Set liquid aside.
2. Pour drained chickpeas into blender.
3. Add tahini, sliced garlic, oil, lemon juice, and cumin.
4. Add 3 tablespoons reserved chickpea liquid.
5. Pulse mixture until smooth.
6. Add kosher salt to taste and mix well.
7. Add garnishes if desired, before serving.

• Tahini is sesame seed paste, which is found in most major supermarkets, often in the international foods aisle.
• Stirring the tahini is an important step. Like most natural nut butters, tahini separates so you’ll want to make sure it’s well-stirred before adding to chickpeas.

15 minutes

4 servings

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