Sunday, December 27, 2009

Real Hummus

I have been wanting to make a batch of hummus for a while now, as evidenced by the jar of tahini paste that has been in my pantry for a few weeks. I needed to put together some appetizers for a small party I was having, and I though this was a nice healthy option when served with bell pepper slices. I also served with some Wheat Thins crackers.

Real Hummus
from Katie at Good Things Catered

1 12-oz can chick peas
1-2 large cloves garlic
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp+ tahini (sesame paste)
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp salt

Drain water from the can of chick peas into a small bowl and reserve.

In a food processor (or blender), mix together the chick peas with the remaining rest of the ingredients, being careful to add second half of lemon juice and tahini slowly, stopping to taste.

Slowly add some of the reserved liquid from beans and a bit of water for correct consistency,(about 1-2 tsp) until a smooth, slightly fluid paste is formed.

Refrigerate for at least 30 mins before serving. This changes the taste of the hummus by allowing the flavors to form. Note: to dress the hummus up for the table, the traditional way of serving is on a plate, with an extra drizzle of olive oil on top and a sprinkle of paprika and chopped parsley.
This was really good hummus, and I will make it again. My favorite is actually roasted red pepper hummus, so I might try to add some of that in next time.

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