Simple, fast, delicious. That's about all I need to say about this one. Eat heartily and often.
Prep time: 1/4 cocktail
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup tahini
1 clove garlic (no more)
¼ cup Italian flat-leaf parsley
½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
2 TBSP green onions
4 TBSP olive oil
1 roasted red bell pepper, seeds and skin removed (optional)
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Puree until smooth. It may be necessary to add some water or additional olive oil to reach your desired consistency.
Adjust if there is too little lemon or salt. Serve chilled.
Omit parsley, bell pepper and green onion. Replace with a couple pinches each allspice and cumin. And maybe a touch of sugar. Prepare the same way.