Middle Eastern Hummus


This is such a simple, yet delicious appetizer, dip or spread.  I love to serve it with fresh cut veggies and warm pita bread.  You can also enjoy it on toast at breakfast, for lunch in a  pita with falafel, as a dressing on a salad, or on top of a burger with grilled onions!  The possibilities are quite endless.  🙂

Middle Eastern Hummus
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Serves: 2.5 cups
  • 2 c. canned chick peas
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • ⅓ c. water or liquid from chickpeas
  • ⅓ c. tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tsp. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 T. lemon juice (to taste)
  • ½ tsp. organic extra virgin olive oil
  • red chili pepper flakes (to taste)
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika (for more kick, add 1 tsp. smoked paprika)
  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend well. Add in more lemon juice, pepper flakes and smoked paprika to taste).
  2. Serve with warm pita, freshly cut vegetables and a bit of extra virgin olive oil (optional).
If you put the hummus in the fridge, and the mix is a bit stiff, stir in a bit more extra virgin olive oil to desired smooth consistency.

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