Every time I host a party or am asked to bring an appetizer to a gathering, I immediately offer to bring hummus. You’ve got to taste Our Favorite Hummus from Southern Living Cooking School. I love it because it has a sturdier texture than some of the thinner commercial brands as well as bold flavors from garlic, fresh lemon juice, and cumin. This recipe is so easy that I committed it to memory quite a while ago. Best of all, it uses ingredients that can be found at any grocery store (no tahini required).

Follow these two tips for the best results: blend for at least one minute for an extra smooth consistency and don’t forget to add the water. (Water is listed in the method rather than the ingredient list so it’s easy to miss.)

When entertaining a crowd, I like to pair the traditional hummus with the two variations listed at the end of the recipe (and shown in the photo): Spicy Cilantro-Lime Hummus and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus. Serve with English cucumber slices, pita chips, baby carrots, and bell pepper strips for a top-notch appetizer your guests are sure to love!