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JoAnn's Cleveland Hummus | Food Historian

JoAnn's Cleveland Hummus

JoAnn’s Cleveland Hummus

This hummus recipe was not included in the book "A Miscellany of Garlic". So many favorites, so little page space. I hated the thought of leaving this garlicky hummus recipe out so, not to be left out at all, here it is for you as a giveaway promotion for the book itself. Save it to your phone and you'll always have it handy.

Homemade hummus is a real crowd pleaser and is perfect for parties. It stores well if covered tightly and kept in the refrigerator so you can easily make a few batches ahead of time.

My friend Jo Ann makes the world's best hummus and this is her prized recipe. She acquired it from a favorite restaurant in Cleveland back in the olden days before there were PCs. This creamy hummus was always the first appetizer to disappear when Jo Ann hosted those wonderful summer parties at her delightful Palo Alto CA "Fabu Lounge" poolside courtyard back in the day. Try this recipe and you'll wish you'd made more.

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Ingredients

* 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained
* 3-5 large cloves garlic, peeled
* 4 Tbs sesame tahini (tahini is a thick sesame seed paste similar to peanut butter)
* 1 Tbs sesame oil
* 1/3 cup lemon juice
* 1/3 cup warm water
* salt to taste (usually quite a bit!)
* pepper to taste
* cumin to taste
* paprika to taste and to sprinkle on top for good looks

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Directions
Food processor REQUIRED!

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
2. Blend for 3 minutes and enjoy!

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Serving, Prep Suggestions

Serve fresh hummus in one or more decorative dip bowls alongside fresh pita bread, warmed in the oven or quickly in the toaster. Sprinkle hummus lightly with lemon juice and garnish with fresh, diced tomatoes, fresh parsley, and lemon wedges!

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