Hummus is a staple food in my apartment. There is always a container of it floating around the shelves of the fridge. It’s tasty, easy, and pretty healthy. I like to spread it on toast, or roll it up in a flour tortilla with veggies. My other half likes it on crackers, or crunchy blue corn chips. You can always go the traditional route and eat it with some pita bread.
The game changer in making my own hummus was coming across this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, in which she recommends peeling your chickpeas. I was never happy with the texture of my homemade hummus before, even after I upgraded my food processor. Spending the ten minutes to pop the little skins off of the chickpeas made all the differences. Now my hummus has a beautiful velvety texture.
To peel chickpeas simply use your thumb and first two fingers to lightly pull the skin off. It should just ‘pop’ out of the peel without much force. If you’ve got sort of busy hands like I do, you might enjoy peeling them.
I added a couple optional ingredients at the end of the recipe, like black pepper, which I put copious amounts of in everything. Also smoked paprika gives a depth of flavor that I really like, but I know not everyone has it sitting around in their cupboards.
The drizzle of olive oil over the top is also optional. I love the taste of good quality, raw olive oil. In addition to adding a richness to the hummus, a drizzle of golden olive oil adds to the presentation of the dish if you’re serving it to others. Olive oil does solidify in the fridge, so be warned it will look funny at first, but should regain its beauty after a few minutes at room temperature. I topped this batch with some black sea salt for the photos.
1 standard can chickpeas(15 0z), drained and peeled
1/3 cup tahini
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
Black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Put chickpeas into food processor and blend until powdery.
- Add in tahini, garlic cloves, and lemon juice. Process until smooth.
- Drizzle in 1/4 cup of water with machine running, until desired consistency is reached. Err on the side of smoother and thinner, because it will thicken up in the fridge a little.
- Add in salt(also black pepper and smoked paprika if you like).
- Transfer to storage container, and drizzle and little olive oil over the top. Keep in fridge. Enjoy!