Hummus is one of the easiest and most delicious appetizers you can make, as you literally dump all your ingredients into the food processor and turn it on. Its also great because it is easy to make many different variations, such as black bean + cilantro or roasted red pepper. I've also added a half can of white kidney beans to give it a slightly different taste with a smooth as silk consistency.
1 can of chickpeas, well-drained
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 t lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini
1/4 olive oil
pinch of cayenne pepper
Process one minute. A little at a time, add water until it reaches the desired thickness. Process until smooth, about three minutes.
Roasted Red Pepper: Add one roasted red pepper, de-seeded and de-skinned
Black Bean + Cilantro: Add 1/2 can black beans + 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro; leave out tahini
Serve with pita bread/chips or fresh veggies.