Thursday, July 31, 2008

Homemade Hummus Spread

This is one of the most versatile, fantastic condiments around. It provides nutrition in a wonderfully flavorful way. We use it as a dip, a dressing, and a sandwich spread. It is great as an after-school snack with vegetables or in a pita with fresh tomatoes and lettuce. Hummus holds up great in hot weather, so it's a great alternative to mayonnaise-based dips for summer parties and picnics, too.


1 can Ceci (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. tahini (sesame paste, available in the ethnic section or in the peanut butter aisle)
Water, as needed

In a blender or food processor, puree beans, garlic, lemon juice and salt, adding a tablespoon of water at a time to keep the blender from binding. Stop and stir frequently and keep blending until mixture is entirely smooth. Mix tahini if it has separated and drizzle in while blending. Finished hummus will have a nuttier flavor the more tahini you put in. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Hummus will keep for up to two weeks.

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