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Ill-planned dinner

Posted by Jeanne on March 17, 2010

It’s St. Patrick’s day.  By all accounts we should be drinking green bear and eating corned beef and cabbage and boiled potatoes.  Lest you think we’re completely awful, Curt is having a Guinness.  But we’re not going out, because I was at work for 11 hours (again) and I’m about half dead.

Instead, we decided to eat leftovers-from-the-freezer for dinner (pasta with Italian sausage) and have some hummus while it was warming up.  Uh, international St. Patty’s day?  Next year I promise to make some corned beef.  Or at least a Guinness stew.


2 14-oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained (reserve some of the liquid) OR about 3.5 C otherwise cooked chickpeas

0.33 C liquid from the garbanzo beans – if you use dried beans and didn’t save the cooking liquid (like me) you can just water plus a bit of extra olive oil

0.33 C tahini (sesame paste – I like the toasted kind, but plain is fine)

0.33 C lemon juice

3 to 5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

0.25 C olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1.   In food processor, process:  salt, lemon juice, red pepper flakes and garlic.  Add tahini, olive oil and liquid from the garbanzo beans and blend well.

2.   Add chickpeas and process to desired consistency.

3.  Refrigerate or freeze (can be frozen for up to 3 months).

When you serve it, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cracked black pepper.  I like it on cucumbers and tomatoes, Curt puts it on everything.  Or eats it with a spoon.

One Response to “Ill-planned dinner”

  1. jmlc said

    We had homemade falafel for dinner. It WAS international St. Patty’s day!

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