Hummus is a popular dish across the Middle East and parts of North Africa. The name comes from the Arabic word meaning “chickpea.”
1 16oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 c. tahini (sesame paste –available on the health food aisle of most grocery stores.)
the juice from 2.5 lemons
2 Tablespoons of water.
Drain chickpeas. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Place in a serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus. Add a small amount (1-2 Tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).
Serve immediately with warm toasted pita bread, crudité veggies or pita chips. Can also be covered and refrigerated.