When I serve this, I add a splash of balsamic vinegar and pine nuts to garnish. The vinegar adds a tangy twist, and my friends in DC love it. Also, I substitute tabasco or another hot sauce for red pepper flakes when I don’t have them. mj08_hummus_portrait_mediumAnd if you don’t have 3 lemons, don’t worry. This is a recipe you can adapt as needed. As long as you have the basics, it turns out. This is a great dish to serve as an appetizer or to take with you to a potluck.

Makes about 2 cups hummus

One 15½-ounce can chickpeas
¾ cup tahini
6 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Drain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Place the chickpeas in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.

2. Add the tahini, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes and pulse several times. Add the lemon juice and olive oil in a slow, steady stream down the feed tube with the machine running and puree until smooth. Add ¼ to ⅓ cup of the reserved liquid from the can if necessary to make a smooth paste.

3. Add the parsley, and additional salt and pepper if desired. Pulse several times just until blended. Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use or up to 5 days.


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