Updated: Oct 13, 2019
Many of you will agree with me when I state 'Food is love, Food brings a sense of community'. We gather with those we love and work with for meals, drinks, and sometimes we even to cook together. It's both the process of preparing a healthy and delicious meal, and the sharing of our time together while we enjoy the bounties of our efforts, that provides a warm and loving feeling in our hearts.
At a recent birthday party for a dear friend, I got to ask her Lebanese father his trick to perfect hummus. I had personally experienced one lame attempt at homemade hummus 10 years ago and have been intimidated to try again ever since. I'm so glad I did! It's really simple and so much better then the store bought stuff (of course).
The most important note that I was reminded of was to thoroughly mix the Tahini before using it.
It's been a while since I've shared a recipe and this one is definitely worth the wait. Hope you love it as much as my friends and I did!
You don't need to boil your own chick peas, but I did. If you choose this option, utilize the 'quick boil' option on the bag of beans, works perfectly every time.
2- 3oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Salt
2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
3-4 Tbsp. Tahini
15 oz. Chick Peas
1 Tbsp.Olive Oil
0.50 tsp. Paprika
0.25 tsp Smoked Paprika
1. Mix Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic, Tahini in food processor or blender
2. Add chick peas, olive oil and blend till smooth
3. Add paprikas
4. Add water slowly till consistency you desire is achieved
5. Store in airtight, glass container. Top with a float of olive oil for longer storage time
I made this 3 days before a diner party and it was perfect on day three. It was served with grilled carrots, cucumbers and toasts brushed with rosemary infused oil. Was a hit!
The leftovers have been stored for over one week and are still just as delicious as it was the day made. Please let us know if you try this for yourself and how you like it, what variations you tried, you know - please share your thoughts :-)