Being Lebanese myself I grew up eating a lot of different middle eastern foods. Some were everyday foods and others were traditional holiday meals.
Hummus was always a favorite, served as a dip with cut up Syrian bread (flat or pita bread). You can now buy it at any grocery or specialty store, I’ve seen so many different ways to make it. But here is the basic traditional recipe that I grew up with and love the best.
It’s so easy, just blend until smooth the following ingredients in a food processor.
- 2 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (drain and reserve juice)
- 1/2 cup juice from beans
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (For a little more tang, add a a little more)
- 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste found at middle eastern grocery stores or specialty grocery stores)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- salt and pepper
Blend well. If it ends up being too thick add a little more lemon juice or bean juice. Sprinkle the top with paprika. Serve with Pita bread.