Here is an easy recipe for hummus. This is a Mediterranean dish that can be flavored in many ways (with red pepper, olives, garlic, etc…), but I enjoy the old fashioned flavor. The most expensive ingredient is the tahini sauce (sesame paste), but the $8 jar lasts a while.
2 cans of chickpeas (I like the less sodium Bush’s brand), drained (reserve the juice)
1/3 cup tahini
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil (you might need more)
1 pinch paprika
Drain your chickpeas and reserve the juice. In a food processor, combine all your ingredients except for the olive oil. Puree your ingredients until well combined and you have a smooth texture. While the processor is running, add the olive oil through the top of the lid. If your hummus is too thick, add some of the reserved juice, 1 tsp at a time. Sometimes I’ll add a touch more olive oil for taste. This is optional.
Cut up pita bread with a pizza slicer and serve.
This is a perfect dish for appetizers, showers, and snacks!