When I was in Turkey a few years ago, I ate the best hummus I have ever had (at every meal, every day)! I was so fortunate to strike up a conversation with the charming cook in a small restaurant while in Izmir. I was SO lucky to chat with her for a bit and talk ALL ABOUT THE AMAZING FOOD she made at her small family style restaurant. She allowed me to sample a few things, including freshly ground tahini. WHAT A TREAT! Tahini is sesame seed paste, and it a adds flavor and a level of DELICIOUS to any dish. The other day, I was reminiscing about my trip, and I decided to make the recipe that the woman told me and that I wrote down on a paper place mat. I am so glad I did (and glad I didn’t loose the folded up place mat either!) This May Contain Affiliate Links
Here’s what you need:
- One 14 ounce can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 drops of Lemon Young Living Essential Oil (I amended the recipe by adding a few drops the oil)
- 2 garlic gloves
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 2/3 cup tahini paste
- salt and pepper to taste
- flat leaf parsley to garnish
- paprika to dust on top
Here’s what you do:
- Puree the chickpeas in a food processor until smooth.
- Add all ingredients into the food processor, except the parsley and the paprika, and blend until creamy. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl between the processing.
- Place in a bowl. Drizzle with a small amount of additional olive oil and paprika.
- Garnish with parsley.
- Enjoy with toasted pita bread or bulgar, (Bulgar is a a wheat grain that has an incredibly delicious nutty, hearty flavor. )
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