Saturday, August 13, 2011

Spicy Garlic Hummus

hummus Homemade hummus is very easy to make and tastes much better than any store-bought hummus. This zesty version uses your choice of ground pepper, and you control how spicy to make it by adjusting the amount of pepper to your taste. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender.

2 garlic cloves
1 can (14 to 15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup tahini
2 Tbs fresh-squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch to 1/4 tsp (to taste) your choice of ground pepper: black/white blend, red, cayenne, chipotle, habanero, dried Jalapeno Powder, etc.
salt to taste
Optional garnishes: Chopped parsley, paprika, extra virgin olive oil, Red Chile Pepper Infused Olive Oil

Process the garlic in a food processor or blender until finely minced. Add the drained chickpeas, tahini, lime or lemon juice, olive oil and pepper. Process to desired consistency - if too thick, drizzle in a little more oil or even a little water. Taste for balance and add salt if desired (or more citrus, tahini or pepper, to taste). Spoon into serving bowl, then garnish with a sprinkling of parsley, paprika and/or a drizzle of olive oil if desired. Enjoy with pita wedges, chips, raw veggies, crackers or other dippables.

Zestfully yours,

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