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
PLACE all ingredients
in a food processor or blender and process until smooth, scraping the sides
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 hummusit can be refrigerated, covered,
for up to 1 week and frozen for up to 3 months.
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