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Traditional Hummus Recipe Recipe

[Adapted from Marian Burros, book, Cooking for Comfort, (Simon and Schuster, 2003).

Traditionally called Hummus bi Tahini, this hummus recipe is classic and easy.

Ingredients:

3 cloves of garlic
15-ounces canned chick peas (Garbanzo beans) - rinsed and drained
5 Tablespoons Tahini paste

2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Piment de Espelette to taste
Sea 
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Lemon wedges, Greek Olives and additional olive oil for garnish
1 package pita bread

Directions:
1. With the food processor running, put the garlic through the feed tube and process until minced.

2. Add the garbanzo beans, tahini, water, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin and piment de espelette (if using), and process until the mixture is smooth. Season with the salt. Refrigerate to blend the flavors for at least a couple of hours -- but up to two days, if desired.

3. To serve, return the hummus to room temperature. Sprinkle with the parsley and decorate with the lemon wedges, olives, and a drizzle of additional olive oil, if desired. Serve with warm pita wedges.

Yield: 2-3 servings
Category: appetizer, snack, healthy, dip
Keywords: garbanzo, hummus, dip
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