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Restaurant Style Hummus

Restaurant Style Hummus

Restaurant Style Hummus is a smooth and creamy homemade hummus perfect for dipping with pita chips or vegetables.
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8


  • 3 tablespoons juice from 1 to 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons tahini (stirred well)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
  • 14 ounces canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 small garlic clove (minced or pressed through garlic press, about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro or parsley leaves


  • Combine lemon juice and water in small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk together tahini and 2 tablespoons oil in second small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside 2 tablespoons chickpeas for garnish.
  • Process remaining chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne in food processor until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula. With machine running, add lemon juice-water mixture in steady stream through feed tube. Scrape down bowl and continue to process for 1 minute. With machine running, add oil-tahini mixture in steady stream through feed tube; continue to process until hummus is smooth and creamy, about 15 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.
  • Transfer hummus to serving bowl, sprinkle reserved chickpeas and parsley/cilantro over surface, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand until flavors meld, at least 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired, and serve.


Source: Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
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Keyword appetizer, gluten free, snack, vegetarian