February 13, 2011


Hummus is one of my favorite ways to prepare and eat garbanzo beans because it is versatile, simple and delicious. Hummus likely originated in the Middle East as sesame, garbanzo beans, olive oil, garlic and lemon were ingredients commonly eaten in the region. I prefer to make my own hummus, as it is very easy and tastes especially good when fresh. Hummus can be paired with any number of items including meats, vegetables, cheeses and breads.

Though time consuming, I prefer to cook my own garbanzo beans canned garbanzo beans always taste canned to me; however, either will work well for hummus.

2 c cooked garbanzo beans

¼ c tahini

1 clove garlic, peeled

½ lemon, juiced

¼ c parsley, stemmed

¼ c olive oil


salt and pepper

1. Place garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, parsley and olive oil in a food processor. Thoroughly combine, adding water as necessary to bring hummus to desired consistency.

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Makes about 2 cups


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