2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, reserving 3/4 cup
of the canning liquid
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
6 tbsp. tahini (Middle Eastern sesame paste)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
Warm pita bread
1. Drain chickpeas, reserving liquid. Put chickpeas into the jar of a blender or bowl of a food processor, add the reserved liquid and 1/4 cup water, cover, and blend to a semismooth paste.
2. With motor still running, add lemon juice through hole in blender lid or feed tube of processor. Add tahini, garlic, and salt to taste and purée until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Adjust seasonings.
3. Garnish hummus with some olive oil and paprika. Serve with wedges of warm pita bread.
MAKES ABOUT 4 CUPS