This is a variation on our Classic Hummus recipe, and uses roasted garlic instead of fresh garlic. Roasting the garlic sweetens it, making it much milder and deeper tasting than fresh garlic.
Serve with Grilled Pita Wedges, pita chips, and/or fresh veggies for dipping.
2 or 3 cloves roasted garlic – plus additional cloves for garnish, as desired
1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained, reserving the chickpea liquid
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor, including the 3 or 4 garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon of the chickpea liquid. Puree until fairly smooth. If too thick, add more chickpea liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Serve at room temperature or lightly chilled.
-- 8 appetizer servings