Roasted Garlic Hummus
Hummus is a thick dip made from a combination of puréed chick peas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice and garlic. Originating in the Middle East, it's become so popular that commercially prepared versions are readily found in most supermarkets. Hummus is such a simple mix of ingredients though, it's practically as easy, and much more economical to make your own and flavor it according to your own taste.
Roasted Garlic Hummus
Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1-1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1-1/2 cups
- 1 head roasted garlic (instructions follow)
- 1 can (15-ounce) low-sodium chickpeas, drained
- 1/4 cup tahini (see notes for substitutions)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne (optional)
- Oven toasted pita triangles (instructions follow)
Place the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest in the work bowl of a food processor. Add the roasted garlic and pulse to blend.
Season to taste with salt (start with a scant 1/2 teaspoon) and a few grinds of black pepper. Add a pinch of cayenne if desired.
Process until the hummus is smooth, adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to achieve a creamy consistency.
Stir in the parsley, taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve with toasted pita triangles.
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Many supermarkets carry it in the ethnic section of the store, but if you can't find it, substitute 3 tablespoons of natural (no sugar added) peanut or almond butter combined with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
How To Make Roasted Garlic
Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a sharp knife, trim about 1/4-inch off the top of a whole head of garlic - just enough to expose the interior of each clove. Drizzle with the olive oil and wrap loosely in aluminum foil. Roast at 350°F for about 45 minutes, until the garlic is soft and sweet. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Separate the cloves of garlic and gently squeeze the bottoms until the cloves pop out of the open ends.
How To Make Oven-Toasted Pita Triangles
Preheat the oven 400°F. Cut pita pockets into the desired sized triangles and separate each into top and bottom halves. Brush them with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes until golden and toasty.