An ingredient you've been throwing away is actually the key to smoother hummus. Technically, because there are no chickpeas, this is only a close cousin, but it has all the star players that make hummus irresistible—bright lemon on smoky tahini on fiery garlic on tides of olive oil, together, shimmying. Only the medium is different. Adapted slightly from Root to Stalk Cooking (Ten Speed Press, 2013). —Genius Recipes
Chard stalks from 1 pound whole chard, trimmed and chopped
whole clove garlic, peeled
extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
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