Smooth Simple Hummus

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Makes about 1 1/2 cups or enough for 4 to 6 snack portions)
  • *One 15-ounce can (425 grams) organic chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans
  • *1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
  • *1/4 cup (59 ml) organic tahini
  • *Half of a large organic garlic clove, minced
  • *2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • *1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
  • *1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • *2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • *Dash of ground paprika for serving
In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making smooth and creamy hummus possible.
Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.
Open can of chickpeas, drain liquid then rinse well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then 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.
Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.
Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika. Store in an airtight container, preferably glass and refrigerate up to one week.

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