Pretty big claim, huh? Well, any Mediterranean Momma (or Papa) worth their salt better know how to whip up some tasty hummus.
“Hummus” is actually the Arabic word for chick pea or garbanzo bean, one of the main ingredients for this delicious dip. It’s got lots of protein and is a great accompaniment for veggies and pita bread. Hummus can even be a nice condiment in a sandwich when you want a change from mustard or mayo.
I grew up eating hummus (lots of it) and have been making it for many years. It is super easy to prepare and tastes so much more delicious than the store-bought options of hummus. The one ingredient that you may not have on hand is tahini which is simply ground sesame seeds. It gives the hummus that nutty flavor and creamy consistency. You can buy it in any international food store and many supermarkets now carry it in the Ethnic Food section. Just make sure the only ingredient in the tahini is crushed sesame seeds with nothing else added.
Enough talk, let’s get to making it:
Best Hummus Ever
1 can garbanzo beans (15oz) drained
2 cloves fresh garlic crushed
1/3 cup tahini ( I like Mid East brand)
Juice of one whole fresh lemon
pinch of red cayenne ( optional)
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2-3 Tablespoons of water
Salt to taste
Combine all ingredients except for water in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add water one tablespoon at a time until it is as thick or thin as you like. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle a bit of smoked paprika to garnish. Serve with veggies, pita bread, pita chips..whatever you like!
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