Quick Hummus

hummus

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

One of the more healthier options for dips is hummus.  It provides your body with protein and other nutrients.  Although hummus can be high in fat, it is mainly heart healthy unsaturated fat.  It is known to lower the risk of heart disease by lowering risk factors; e.g., elevated blood pressure and cholesterol.  In fact, chickpeas can lower total and LDL cholesterol, known as the “bad” cholesterol.

Ingredients

  • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup tahini, stirred well
  • 5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for service
  • Powdered sumac and/or cumin to taste, optional

Directions

Place the drained chickpeas, garlic and kosher salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 20 to 30 seconds. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the tahini and process for another 15 seconds. Add the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water and process for 20 seconds, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the processor running, drizzle in the olive oil and process for another 20 seconds or until smooth.

To serve, transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with sumac or cumin if desired.

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