Hummus Bar

(Serves 6)

Prep Time:  30 minutes


1 Large can (1 pound 13 ounces) chickpeas

1 Garlic clove, minced

½  C Tahini (well stirred)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

¾ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

In a food processor, combine all the ingredients, along with 7 tablespoons of water, and process until smooth.  This makes 3 cups of hummus.  Serve plain, or top with chopped, toasted pistachios and a drizzle of EVOO.

Tip: This basic hummus recipe can easily be varied:

In one variation, add 1½ C of hummus to 3 finely chopped scallions, ½ C finely minced celery, ¼ C chopped black olives, and ½ C chopped red pepper.

In another variation, omit the salt from the master recipe, and add 1 teaspoon Tamari or soy sauce, and ¾ teaspoon dark sesame oil.  Top with toasted white or black sesame seeds.

A third variation is to process 1½ C of the basic hummus with ¾ C cilantro until it’s all green.  If you’re a cilantro hater, you can certainly substitute parsley or even basil.

Set up the Hummus Bar with the basic recipe, the 3 variations, and, to dip, pita triangles and vegetables like green, red, orange and yellow peppers, celery, and leaves of endive.


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