Preparation / Directions:
GARNISH: lemon wedges, cherry tomatoes, or fresh parsley sprigs (opt) In a small skillet, heat oil; saute onion and garlic until onion is softened. Add seasonings. Stir just long enough to soften parsley. In food processor, combine rinsed and drained chick peas and lemon juice; process until smooth. Stir in onion and herb mixture; stir in sesame seeds. Spoon into serving bowl. Top with garnish if desired. VARIATIONS: 1. Substitute 15-oz can Great Northern beans for chick peas. Use only 2 T lemon juice, since this is a moister bean. 2. Replace chick peas with 1/2 lb firm tofu (1 cup) and 1/2 cup tahini; use only 1 T lemon juice and add 1 T soy sauce.