Thursday, February 17, 2011

Appetizer for St Patrick's Day

Standard hummus contains tahini which is ground up sesame seeds. This recipe makes its own tahini by grinding up sesame seeds, olive oil and water. You can always use store bought tahini instead of making your own. The homemade version is a little coarser which gives an excellent texture and includes BarleyMax for a curious color and added nutritional value. -- Melody Hord

¼ cup sesame seeds
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp water or liquid from beans, or a little more if needed
1-½ Tbsp lemon juice
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
2 tsp BarleyMax
¾ tsp unrefined salt
1 can garbanzo beans, liquid reserved
3 Tbsp liquid from canned beans

Blend sesame seeds, 2 Tbsp water or bean juice, and olive oil into a paste. Set aside.
Add lemon juice, garlic, garbanzo beans,
3 Tbsp liquid from beans, salt and BarleyMax, and sesame paste mixture to a food processor. Blend until creamy.
Suggested serving: Stuff into little sweet peppers as an appetizer.