I know you can buy pre-made hummus; it’s so popular now. But it’s so easy to make and that gives you the option to be creative with your flavors and varieties of this protein-packed dish. Try making it at home…I doubt you’ll go back to buying it.
Makes about 4 servings
4 fresh cloves garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon paprika
2 cups cooked/canned chickpeas
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
½ cup sesame tahini
5-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
8 pita bread rounds, each cut into 8 triangles
Kalamata olives for garnish
Place all ingredients in a food processor, seasoning with salt to taste. Puree until smooth, slowly adding small amounts of water to thin hummus to taste…remembering that it is meant to be thick and creamy.
Prepare the pita by drizzling with olive oil and sprinkling with paprika. Bake at 350o until they pita triangles are crisp.
Spoon hummus into a bowl, garnished with olives and pita triangles on the side.
Cook’s Tip: If you use canned chickpeas, be sure to rinse them very well before use.