The classic flavors of ancient civilizations, enjoyed in the Middle East for thousands of years.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (plus a little extra at the end)
2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup tahini (well mixed)
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas (also called "garbanzo beans")
Chopped parsley (optional, for garnish)
1. Put the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cumin, black pepper, tahini and garlic in a food processor (best) or blender. Turn on the food processor briefly to mix well.
2. Carefully open the can of chickpeas and drain the water into a bowl. Add 1 Tablespoon of the water to the food processor and turn it on.
3. With the food processor running, add the chickpeas and blend them in thoroughly. If you are using a blender, you will want to add them a bit at a time so that each portion can be fully blended before adding more. You may need to add a bit more olive oil or water from chickpeas if the mixture gets too thick for the blender.
4. Your Classic Hummus is ready! You can serve it spread onto a plate (the traditional presentation), or in a dish for dipping. Either way, drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. You may also sprinkle chopped parsley on top.
Serve with pita bread or veggies, or spread on a sandwich.