Although there are some store-bought varieties of hummus that are good, none compares to this luxurious version. For a delicious lunch, try spooning leftover hummus over sauted vegetables that have been stuffed into pita bread.

MAKES ABOUT 2ВЅ CUPS

16-ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and drained again

3 cloves garlic, minced

ВЅ cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)

Вѕ cup В tahiniimage

ВЅ teaspoon salt

ВЅ cup cold water

Olive oil

Paprika

  1. In a blender or food processor combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, and salt. Blend and slowly pour in the water. Turn off the machine and scrape down the sides as necessary. If the hummus is too thick, add 1 tablespoon more water at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Pour into a serving dish, cover, and chill until ready to serve. Just before serving drizzle a little olive oil on top (don’t mix) and sprinkle on some paprika. Serve with warm pita bread triangles.