Combine the following In a blender:
3-4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
flesh of 2 avocados
8 Tbsp (1/2 cup) good olive oil
6 Tbsp lemon juice – best to use bottled lemon juice – sometimes fresh lemon juice is too acidic and the mixture won’t blend well.
Blend everything until very smooth – scraping down the sides of the blender frequently. If too thick, blend in more olive oil a little at a time, or use avocado oil for truly decadent richness!
Warning: this is NOT a diet dish!
Place the following in a food processor:
2 cans garbanzo beans, drained
garlic to taste – I use lots (10-12 cloves) because I love it! You may want to start with 3-4 and work your way up…
1/2 cup good olive oil (extra virgin, first cold press is best – this is important for the overall taste)
1/2 cup orange juice
3 Tbsp tahini *
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp tamari **
Heaping 1/4 tsp of each of the following:
1/8 tsp garam masala or 5-spice powder (be careful with this stuff – it can overpower everything easily)
Blend all of the ingredients very well, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container occasionally. Try to make the mixture as smooth as possible… you can add more olive oil as you mix – drizzle it in through the top opening of the container as the processor is running.
Pour the mixture into a plastic tub, cover and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to firm up a little. Or not… it’s okay if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time for this.
To serve, place in a flat bowl. Decorate with lots of pitted calamata olives and crumbled Feta cheese, and drizzle lots of olive oil over everything. Serve with pita bread wedges, pita chips, or other firm crackers, and encourage guests to scoop up the olive oil, olives and cheese in the process!
* Tahini is sesame seed “butter” – usually found with other nut butters in natural food sections. It can also be found in the Jewish or Mediterranean sections.
** Tamari is good quality soy sauce – much richer and stronger than ordinary soy sauce.
❤ Shelley Nordine