Hummus and Basil Spread

 

My quick & healthy snack made in house today 

Hummus and basil spread on cucumber rings. Simply delicious 

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Recipe for the BASIL SPREAD:

 

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor or blender, process the garlic and basil on high speed while adding the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Continue to process until well blended. Season with the salt. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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Recipe for HUMMUS SPREAD:

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas, liquid reserved

1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste), optional, with some of its oil

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus oil for drizzling

2 cloves garlic, peeled, or to taste

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 tablespoon ground cumin or paprika, or to taste, plus a sprinkling for garnish

Juice of 1 lemon, plus more as needed

Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Put everything except the parsley in a food processor and begin to process; add the chickpea liquid or water as needed to allow the machine to produce a smooth puree.

Taste and adjust the seasoning . Serve, drizzled with the olive oil and sprinkled with a bit more cumin or paprika and some parsley.

 

Spread hummus & basil on cucumber rings for quilt free & yummy  snacks during the day or as appetizer. Enjoy.