There’s a trick to getting the creamiest homemade hummus. I’ve been making hummus for years, and this is not the first hummus recipe we’ve shared, but I’ve been making it wrong all this time, and I have to share this awesome tip with you.
The trick to the most creamy hummus, is to start with dried chickpeas (or garbanzo beans… if that’s what you call them). If you use canned chickpeas, you just won’t get the same creamy texture. To get really soft and creamy chickpeas, you basically soak them in your slow cooker overnight and the skins will come right off.
2 cups (1 pound) chick peas
7 cups of water
1 teaspoon real salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Place the chickpeas, water, salt and baking soda in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 9 hours (or overnight) until tender. Drain, cool and move all of them to a new container and store in the fridge until you are ready to use them. If you’d like, you can just eat them plain here or add them to your favorite salad or recipe. You’ll probably want to salt them a bit. You’ll have to try one and taste the difference for yourself! They’re so much more creamy in texture…making the really creamy hummus!
Okay, here’s a classic hummus recipe, one that we love. You’ll need a good food processor. We love ours, its Kitchenaid food processor.
- 2 cups chickpeas (as prepared from dried beans)
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- ¼ cup water
- ⅓ cup tahini, stirred well (tahini is a sesame seed paste...you can find it near the peanut butter)
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving
- Place the chickpeas, garlic, and kosher salt in the bowl of your food processor. Process for 15 to 20 seconds. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl, and process for another 15 to 20 seconds.
- Add the lemon juice and water. Continue to process for another 20 seconds. Now add the tahini. Process for 20 seconds, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
- To serve, transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle with more olive oil and top with a sprinkle of paprika.
That’s it! Now it’s up to you on what type of things and flavors you’d like to add to it and what you’d like to dip into it. You’ll have to try making hummus from dried beans, you’ll never go back to canned beans again.
Looking for chickpea recipes? Have you ever tried them roasted?! They make a great after school snack!