Our daughters introduced us to hummus, and my husband and I have gotten in the habit of splitting an order during happy hour at our local brew pub for a light, inexpensive meal. I was thrilled to see that it’s easy and even less expensive it is to make your own!
2-15 oz. cans garbanzo beans (or 3 cups cooked beans)
1/2 c. liquid from beans
5 T. lemon juice
3 T. tahini*
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 t. kosher salt
4 T. olive oil
* My friend, Julie, has substituted peanut butter for tahini in a pinch and it tastes great!
Drain beans, reserve liquid. Blend beans with lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and oil in food processor. Add bean liquid and process until smooth, 3 – 5 minutes.
Serve with vegetables or pita. The pita in the photo was sprayed with canola oil, sprinkled with kosher salt and Parmesan cheese and broiled just until the cheese looked puffy but not long enough to make the bread crisp.