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Simple Perfect Hummus

Simple Perfect Hummus

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  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice (depends on tartness of lemon)
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 treaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional, for a richer flavor)
  • Garbanzo bean canning liquid (or water), as needed for thinning
  • Chopped parsley, paprika, olive oil, pita bread/chips, for serving



Drain the beans and reserve the canning liquid.


In a food processor, combine all ingredients.


Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.


Add canning liquid or water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.


Pour onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and top with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with warmed pita bread or pita chips.


An extra step I like to do: Using a mortar and pestle, smash the garlic and salt. Add the lemon juice and allow to steep for 10 minutes to mellow out the raw garlic taste. Add to the food processor and proceed with recipe.

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