Hummus is a great Lenten food. To read about its virtues go to http://www.livestrong.com/article/280687-nutritional-value-of-hummus/
To make hummus- keep reading.
I will first admit that although I used to (years ago) make the best hummus, recently it seemed I just couldn't get it right. It wasn't creamy and it wasn't the right flavor. So I called a friend from the Middle East and she gave me her recipe (below) and explained what I was doing wrong.
First you have to :
- Crush 2 cloves of garlic (you can roast the garlic first) and mix it with 1/2 t salt. (Mistake #1- I was adding onions but not garlic.)
- Drain 1 can of chick peas and add 3 T of Tahini to chick peas and mix in food processor. Discard juice.
- Add 1/4 c lemon (juice from one lemon), 1/4 c cold water and 1T olive oil.
- Process some more till smooth, like cake batter
|Don't use onions. Use garlic.|
|Don't save juice from can. Dump it and use cold water|
|Until it's a cake batter consistency.|
Now, HERE'S THE TRICK!!! According to her cookbook, lemon makes it thicker and water makes it thinner! Who knew?! So if you want the spread to be thinner, add water. (Mistake #2- I kept adding the wrong liquid and couldn't figure out why it was so thick.)
Put in bowl. Top with fresh parsley and drizzle with olive oil. Serve.