Place garlic and salt in a mortar and grind with the pestle until a coarse, grainy paste. Scrape into a large bowl. Add chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and tahini. Use a potato masher to create a thick, smooth, creamy spread. Scrape into a serving bowl or small plate and dust with rosemary and sage before serving. Makes 9 servings.
Tip:Fresh chickpeas can be used instead of using canned. Soak the beans overnight and place them in a slow cooker with water and salt to taste. Use 32 ounces of water per 1 cup of dried chickpeas. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until tender. Drain excess liquid. Makes 3 cups.
Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
170 calories, 11 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 0g trans-fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 5 g protein