My wife is a vegetarian! When we go out to a party, I make a vegetarian appetizer so she'll have something to eat. Most of the time, it's the first dish that's wiped clean!
Serve with cut-up pita bread.
1 cup dried garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
3-4 tablespoons Tahini (sesame seed butter)
4-8 chopped cloves of garlic (more if you like)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
Let beans sit ovenight in 4 cups water. Cook the beans in water to cover for 45 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving some of the liquid.
Blend all except parsley in food processor to desired consistency, using water reserved bean stock to loosen the chickpeas. You want the consistency of a dip, not too loose.
Add and blend parsley in with a spatula.
You can decorate the dish with roasted red peppers, black olives, and a little Paprika for color.
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