Tahini is a creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds, easily found in the international section of supermarkets or at Middle Eastern markets.
Hummus is a great party food to serve with pita chips, warm flatbread, or vegetable sticks. If you serve it as a dinner side, save any leftovers for a tasty, healthful snack.
Tip: The tahini and chickpeas will blend into a very thick, stiff mixture. Adding a bit of water will help smooth it out, but don’t add too much all at once. Start with the initial one-third cup, then add just a little at a time if you prefer it thinner.
- 1 16-oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup water, plus more as needed
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Place the chickpeas, 1/2 cup of olive oil, tahini, 1/3 cup of water, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor and season with salt and pepper.
- Process until creamy smooth. (Add more water 1 tablespoon at a time if the mixture is too stiff.)
- Transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle with additional oil just before serving.
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