Amy's Special Hummus


By: Amy Longard


One 15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
1/4 cup tahini

Half of a large garlic clove, chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, depending on taste
3 tablespoons water, or more, if necessary 

Dash of ground paprika for serving


 In a food processor or high-powered blender, combine tahini and lemon juice. Mix for about 1 minute. Using a spatula, scrape sides and continue to mix for another 30 seconds, or until the texture is smooth and light.

 Add the olive oil, garlic, cumin and the salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.

Add half of the chickpeas and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.

Slowly add 3 tablespoons of water. Add more, if necessary, until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy with corn chips, raw veggies, in salads or on sandwiches.