Hummus with Pita Bread
Tahini is a thick nut butter made of ground sesame seeds and used extensively in Middle Eastern cooking. To save some money, you can use natural peanut butter instead for a similar texture and nutty flavor in this Hummus with Pita Bread.
6 pita breads
1 (16-ounce) can chick-peas
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp tahini
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp chopped parsley
Preheat broiler. Cut pita breads into quarters. Broil until toasted on top, about 3 minutes. Turn and broil the other side.
Drain chick-peas, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, chick-peas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice in a blender or food processor.
Process, scraping down sides, until mixture is smooth and well blended, about 3 minutes. Add a little reserved chick-pea liquid if mixture seems too dry.
Add salt and pepper. Blend until well mixed. Spoon into a serving bowl. Drizzle with remaining oil. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with pita bread and fresh vegetables.
Hummus with Pita Bread tip: If you are in a hurry, you can use a packaged hummus mix available in the international section of some grocery stores. Be sure to add fresh lemon juice to the mix to make it taste homemade.