1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
⅔ cup olive oil
½ cup tahini
6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Drop garlic through feeding tube of a food processor while the machine is running. Process until well minced. Add remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.
Makes about 2 cups.
Note: It's very good as is, but you can add, or garnish with, your choice of ingredients, such as minced garlic, chopped olives, fresh herbs, etc., to create a hummus flavor of your own.
Our Current Flavor Variations
Reduce salt from 1 teaspoon to 1 dash. Add ¾ cup of the olives to the food processor with the other indredients, and chop the remaining ¼ cup for garnish.
Sun-dried Tomato and Basil
½ cup white wine (not required if tomatoes are packed in liquid)
¼ cup basil leaves
Put tomatoes in a bowl and cover with wine; let stand 30 minutes; drain, and discard wine (or save to use in a recipe that will benefit from sun-dried tomato flavored white wine). Put tomatoes, and all but 2 or 3 basil leaves into the food processor with the other ingredients. Chiffonade the remaining leaves for garnish.
1 additional Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Add all ingredients to the food processor with the main ingredients, except for 1 teaspoon of dill for garnish.
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion, lightly toasted
2 cloves fresh minced or 1 Tablespoon dried minced garlic, lighty toasted.
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
Stir in all ingredients after the basic hummus is prepared. Serve with bagel chips instead of pita chips.