Hummus by TJ Schwartz & Frank Gillman

A summer treat passed down from generation to generation.

•  1 cup chickpeas
•  1/3 cup liquid from the can of chickpeas
•  1/3 cup tahini
•  1/2 cup lemon juice
•  3 cloves garlic
•  Crushed salt (according to taste)
•  Chopped parsley Olives (according to taste)
•  1 tablespoon olive oil Paprika or cayenne pepper


1. Rinse chickpeas from the can well, while preserving all the liquid in a separate container. Place chickpeas (reserving some chickpeas for later) in a food processor and purée.

2. Slowly blend tahini, crushed garlic, and most of the lemon juice into the purée. Adjust flavour and consistency with lemon juice or cooking liquid and add salt if necessary.

3. Hummus should be thick and smooth. Spread in a shallow serving dish, swirling it with the back of a tablespoon.

4. Pour olive oil in centre and garnish with reserved chickpeas, chopped parsley, olives, and a sprinkling of paprika or cayenne pepper.

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