Ok, so not EVERYTHING I make has to have butter in it. I do have the ability to make healthful fare...and this is one of my healthiest dishes (and oh-so tasty too). It's great as an appetizer spread on chunks of pita or crackers, or used as a dip for raw vegies or pretzel rods. I am posting several "variations" to try, but really...the sky is the limit when creating new flavors.
1Note** Garbanzo beans are also called: chickpeas, ceci beans, chana, Indian peas, and Bengal gram...who knew? They are an EXCELLENT source of protein, folate and fiber.
2Rinse and drain garbanzo beans. Dump them in food processor
3Add remaining ingredients into food processor and whirl until smooth (may leave a few lumps if you like more texture).
4If mixture is too pasty, add a little extra yogurt and/or EVOO and continue processing until it reaches desired consistency (like coarse peanut butter). Season to taste. Drizzle with a little extra EVOO and garnish with smoked paprika and parsley (if desired).
5Once you have the basic hummus made...don't be afraid to MIX IT UP by trying your hand at one of the variations I posted (or make up your own). I invited a friend over a couple of weeks ago to teach her how to make this, and we made 5 different varieties.
6Serve with pita pieces, crackers, pretzels, fresh vegies. Also great as a sandwich spread. Best of all, not only does it taste fabulous, it's GOOD for you.
7Store in covered container in fridge. Will last a week or so.