by Tina Swithin
Paso Robles has become world-renowned as a culinary destination. In addition to its burgeoning wine country, Paso Robles is becoming known for the extra virgin olive oils that are grown and produced locally. I recently contacted our friends at Counsel Oaks Olive Oil for a recipe that is sure to be a hit in my house and yours.
Counsel Oaks Olive Oil Hummus
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (Counsel Oaks or another Paso Robles producer)
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 large clove garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground pepper
Fresh chopped parsley
Drain and save liquid from can of garbanzo beans. Put beans into food processor. Add olive oil, sesame seeds, lemon juice, garlic clove, and cumin. Blend, adding some of the juice from the garbanzo beans, as needed, to create a heavy batter/paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spread on a plate or shallow dish. Smooth the top & use a small rubber spatula to make a "swirl" design. Drizzle with more Counsel Oaks extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with chopped parsley as a garnish.
Serve at room temperature with wedges of fresh warmed pita bread. Makes about 1½ cups.
Tina Swithin is the Marketing Coordinator and Blog Manager for TravelPaso.com where she writes blog-a-licious articles about everything 'Paso Robles'. Follow the Paso Robles Insider to get the inside scoop on all the haps in Paso Robles Wine Country.