Roasted Garlic Hummus

  • 2 heads garlic, intact
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Remove the papery outer skins of the garlic heads, leaving them otherwise intact.  Chop off the top quarter of the head so that all of the cloves are exposed.  Wrap the garlic in foil and bake until very tender, about 1 hour.  Once the roasted garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the cloves from their skins (you should have about ¼ cup).

In a small prep bowl, combine the lemon juice and water.  In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil and the tahini.  In the bowl of a food processor, process the chickpeas, the roasted garlic puree, the remaining clove of garlic, salt and cayenne until the mixture is finely ground, about 20 seconds.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  With the machine running, add the lemon juice-water mixture through the feed tube in a steady stream.  Scrape down the bowl and process for an additional minute.  With the machine running, add the oil-tahini mixture through the feed tube in a steady stream.  Scrape down the bowl and continue to process until the hummus is smooth and creamy.  Transfer to a serving bowl, top with minced fresh parsley, if desired.

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