Hummus {Hummus bi Tahini}

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I remember as a child watching my Mom whip up her creamy hummus before a family gathering.  That stuff would be gone in 10 minutes flat.  She would cut up slices of warm, soft pita bread from a small Lebanese market in Akron, Ohio.  It was the market my Grandpa would take me to as a child.  We would buy Jordan Almonds and bags and bags of pita bread (I have yet to find pita bread that compares in Chicago).  Hummus is the food that brings back those childhood memories and is an appetizer at almost every family gathering we have.

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It is a healthy snack and in the Middle East is typically eaten with pita bread, served as part of a meze (selection of small dishes) or an accompaniment to falafel, grilled chicken, fish or eggplant (Americans also eat with crackers, pretzels and veggies-it is such a great dip for almost anything). You can garnish it with chopped tomato, cucumber, parsley, whole chickpeas, olive oil, paprika and olives.

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My husband, who at times can be picky, had never tried hummus when we met.  After months of pleading he decided to give it a try and he’s been hooked ever since. I think it is the perfect dish to bring to a party, backyard BBQ or have in your fridge for that middle of the day craving. Hummus is one of the easiest, healthy foods to make. You can whip it up in less than 5 minutes! Try it out and let me know what you think, and be sure to have extra pita bread standing by in case the people at your party fall in love with your hummus.

Hummus.
 
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A creamy, healthy appetizer or snack perfect for dipping vegetables or pita bread in.
Recipe type: Appetizer/Dip
Cuisine: Lebanese
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 - 15.5 oz or 16 oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • ¼ cup reserved liquid from can of chickpeas (set aside separately)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Parsley and paprika to garnish
Instructions
  1. Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can along with a few chickpeas for garnish.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the food processor (except the reserved chickpea liquid). Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute (blend longer for more creamy texture). Use the reserved chickpea liquid to add to the hummus and blend more if you feel you want a creamier texture.
  3. Place in serving bowl.
  4. Garnish ideas: chickpeas, paprika, parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.
  5. Serve immediately with fresh, warm pita bread, veggies or cover and refrigerate.
Notes
~When I make my hummus I blend everything for 30 seconds, open the lid of the food processor and scrape the sides and blend for another 30 seconds. At that point if it isn't the texture I want (you want it to be a little creamy) then I add just a little bit of the reserved chickpea liquid, blend and repeat until I reach a consistency I am happy with. I also take little pieces of pita bread along the way and taste the hummus to make sure I like the way it tastes. Everyone likes their hummus to taste a little differently so experiment and add more or less of something based on your preferences.

Happy Dipping!

Julia

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