is a creamy puree of chickpeas and tahini (sesame seed
paste) seasoned with lemon juice and garlic, and is
a popular dip and spread in Greece and throughout the
Middle East. Hummus can be served as part of a meze
platter; with bread or vegetable crudités for
dipping; as a spread or filling for pita bread; or as
a tasty, creamy alternative to butter in sandwiches.
A spoonful or two of hummus can also add richness to
Mediterranean-style soups and stews, and it can even
be spread over grilled chicken or fish. And for a simple,
healthful snack, you can enjoy it spread onto celery
cloves garlicroughly chopped
cup lemon juice
oz (400g) canned chickpeas
(garbanzo beans)rinsed and drained
teaspoon sea salt
all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process
until smooth, scraping the sides occasionally.
Drizzle a little extra virgin
olive oil over the hummus and sprinkle with a small
amount of paprika.
And If you like a spicier hummus, add a small red chili
(chopped) or a pinch of cayenne pepper, or try a little
cumin for a more exotic variation.
Prepare extra quantities of this hummusit can
be refrigerated, covered, for up to 1 week and frozen
for up to 3 months.