Hummus and Garlic Toasts


  • 1 (14oz) can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tbs tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
  • black olives for garnish
  • 1 ciabatta loaf, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • To make hummus, drain the chick peas and reserve a little of the liquid.
  • Put the chick peas in a food processor and blend, gradually adding the reserved liquid and lemon juice.
  • Blend well after each addition, until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour in the tahini and then add all but 1 tsp of the olive oil.
  • Add the garlic, season to taste and blend again until smooth.
  • Spoon the hummus into a serving dish. Drizzle the remaining¬†olive¬†oil over the top, and then garnish with cilantro and and black olives.
  • Let chill in the refrigerator while preparing the toasts.
  • Lay the slices of ciabatta on a broiler rack in a single layer.
  • Mix the garlic, cilantro and olive oil together and drizzle over the bread slices.
  • Cook the bread under a hot broiler for 2-3 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.
  • Serve hot with hummus.

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