Hummus from Andy's Mediterranean

Hummus (Garbanzo Spread)

1 lb. garbanzo beans or two 16 oz. cans

1 tsp. baking soda

1 clove garlic

1/2 c. Tahini (sesame seed paste)

1/2 c. lemon juice

1 tsp. Salt or to taste

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

(Makes 10 servings)

  1. Soak garbanzo overnight with baking soda. Wash, cover with water and bring to a boil; simmer till tender, add water if needed. Set aside 1/4 cup for decoration.
  2. Blend Garlic in food processor. With a slotted spoon, remove garbanzo and add to garlic. Blend well until you have a smooth puree mixture.
  3. Add Tahini, lemon juice and salt; mix well. Add some of the garbanzo cooking liquid if needed, until you have the desired consistency. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Place mixture on a large plate, or individual small plates. Garnish with remaining garbanzo, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve as a dip with Lebanese toasted bread, or as a side dish.