In this recipe I wanted to infuse that sweet garlic flavor without it being overpowering. Roasted garlic unlike raw garlic provides both of those elements. Roasting transforms garlic into a sweet and smooth delight, you could even eat it by itself! Garlic both cooked and raw contains some very important nutritional properties. Benefits of garlic include prevention of coronary artery decease, infections and several types of cancers. This powerful root additionally can help boost the metabolism and aid in weight loss! Chickpeas provide both creamy texture and a bit of nutrition. This versatile bean adds, fiber, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and also helps regulate insulin levels. Research also shows that eating more beans everyday can help lower cholesterol. Tahini, which some people have probably never heard about, is basically a seed butter make out of sesame seeds. In this recipe tahini provides a unique flavor, not to be omitted, although, it goes with pretty much anything (if you ask me), and is a perfect addition to salad dressings and dips. It traditionally comes form the middle east but has just recently become popular in the states. You can usually find it in the peanut butter isle. Lastly but not least, this nutritional spread has some benefits of its own. Tahini contains vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, and B15. This wonder butter also helps the bodies immune and nervous system while also boosting the metabolism!
Classic Garlic Hummus
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 -1/3 cup tahini
2 heads garlic
1 tsp sea salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
juice of one lemon
about 1/3 cup filtered water
Pre-heat the oven to 375F degrees. Cut off the tops of the garlic heads and wrap them in foil. Roast the garlic for about 45 minutes to an hour, you want them to be fully roasted so they will be soft and sweet!
Once the garlic is done, unwrap them and carefully (without burning yourself) squeeze the cloves out they should come out easily. Next add the chickpeas, roasted garlic cloves, tahini, salt, spices and lemon juice to a high speed blender or food processor. Blend/process until you get a very smooth puree. Add more water if needed to thin, and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
Scrape into a bowl and serve topped with olive oil along side some homemade crackers or carrots. Enjoy!