Hummus is really easy to make from scratch and it's great as a healthy snack or appetizer. This is a basic recipe, to which you could add ingredients if you want to give it a different flavor (like roasted red peppers). It is delicious on it's own too. We made this batch for a new year's party, with some homemade pita chips. See how to make the chips in our spinach-artichoke dip recipe.
2 cans of garbanzo beans
1/3 cup tahini
juice of one lemon
3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
olive oil (approximately 1/4 cup)
1 t salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 pinches of paprika (garnish)
1 t fresh chopped parsley (garnish)
Directions:Combine garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini in a large food processor. (Split into two batches if you only have a small one) Pulse for 5 seconds, scrape down the sides and pulse for an additional 5 seconds.
Begin pouring in oil as you continue to blend the mixture. It should be pretty thick, but thin enough that you can still dip into it with a chip. Add salt and pepper and give it a final blend. Taste to see if you need to add more. Put the hummus in a bowl or dish for serving. Top with paprika, parsley, and an additional drizzle of olive oil before serving.