Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Copycat Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus Recipe

Ingredients: 2 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) drained (about 3 cups) 1 garlic clove 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons tahini 1 1/4 teaspoon salt zest of 1 large lemon juice of 2 large lemons 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper about 1/2 cup hot water
Directions: Place the garlic clove in the food processor and pulse a few times. Dump the rest of the ingredients in to the food processor, except for the hot water, and run for 3-4 minutes. After the first 30 seconds or so, stream in the water while the processor is still running - until you reach your desired consistency and continue to process until very smooth and creamy. Taste for seasoning and consistency, adding a bit more water if needed. This will set up a bit in the fridge, so make it a tad runnier than you think you'd like! Pour the hummus into a container & chill a few hours or overnight before serving to let the flavors meld. Before serving, drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. (For a true Trader Joe's copy, top with pine nuts, dried parsley, and dehydrated bell pepper!) Serve with veggies and rice crackers or pita chips!

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