Creamy hummus ? a thick chickpea purée with full-on garlic flavour and a whisper of sesame ? makes a smart snack and is an instant base for dressings or a fancy dip.
These quick stir-ins give a little kick to plain hummus.
* toasted sesame seeds
* finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
* finely chopped kalamata olives
* toasted pine nuts
* shredded fresh basil
* pinches of cayenne
* smoked paprika
Whirl up a batch of homemade hummus.
Drain a 19-oz (540-mL) can chickpeas. Whirl in a food processor with 3 tbsp (45 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tbsp (30 mL) water, 1 tbsp (15 mL) sesame oil, 2 coarsely chopped garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin and generous pinches of salt and pepper until evenly mixed. Makes 1 3/4 cups (425 mL)