In the past few years, Middle Eastern cuisine has become all the rage, and has won over legions of fans. As you know, one of the most popular and essentials elements of almost any Middle Eastern meal is hummus. This tasty dip made from ground chickpeas is great with veggies, grilled pita, or on sandwiches. Of course you can always buy hummus, but it's really easy to make! Below is a great recipe that’s simple and easy, and packs outstanding flavor.
1. You'll need a 16 ounce can of chickpeas. Reserve a quarter cup of liquid from the can and drain the beans.
2. In a food processor, blend the chickpeas, three tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tahini (ground sesame paste, available at most grocery stores), two tablespoons of olive oil, three cloves of crushed garlic, and some salt.
3. Combine all the ingredients in the food processor until they are mixed well, and then add the reserved liquid from the chickpeas. Blend again on a low setting for five minutes or until you get a silky smooth texture.
4. Serve with toasted pita bread, vegetable crudites, and olives!
If you want to add a bit of personality to your hummus, there are many things you can add in during the blending process. Try including some harissa, a zesty condiment that will add some spice, or add a dash of cayenne pepper. Or toss in roasted red peppers, olives, or extra lemon or garlic to alter the flavor.
Serve fresh or refrigerate after mixing to preserve your hummus longer. Enjoy!