There's not much I don't love about hummus. It's full of fiber and healthy fats and it's a seriously satisfying snack. Heck, I even love it smeared on a brown rice cake with some jalapeños for lunch. This recipe makes a ton of hummus but no worries, it freezes well! If you like, you can always cut ingredients in half for a smaller batch.
16 ounce bag of dried chic peas or garbanzo beans
1/2 cup tahini paste (sesame butter)*
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1-2 fresh lemons (to taste)
3-4 cloves of garlic, skins left intact
reserved cooking liquid from beans
sea salt to taste (approx. 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp)
* For those allergic to tahini paste, you can sub unsweetened almond butter or sunflower seed butter or just increase the olive oil. You may want to add cumin to enhance the flavor.
roasted red peppers
Crock pot/slow cooker
food processor or blender
frying pan or other shallow pan for "roasting" garlic
1 - Place chic peas in slow cooker and cover with enough water to cover by two inches. Cook on high for 8 - 10 hours or low for 10 - 12 or until the beans are cooked and squish beneath a fork but not overdone or mushy.
2 - Drain beans reserving 1/2 - 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Set both aside to cool.
3 - On cooktop, heat frying pan to a very high heat and place garlic cloves, skin on, in dry pan. Allow skin to bubble and blacken, turning often so that all the surfaces on the garlic get a chance to char, without burning the meat inside. Remove from pan and set aside for a minute to cool. This roasting makes the garlic flavor more mellow and your breath less offensive to your family and friends :)
4 - Place beans in bowl of food processor along with tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. For the lemon juice and salt, I do each of these to taste so start out with less and you can always add more. Peel charred skins off of garlic and add to the bowl.
5 - Run the food processor until the mixture has combined and is smooth. Add reserved cooking water, a little at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Many commercial hummus brands use a lot more oil to reach that lighter feeling consistency--water does a pretty great job without making the fat completely unreasonable.
6 - Chill and serve. If you like, you can stir in any of the optional ingredients before refrigerating.
* I will calculate nutritional data and provide photos the next time I make this so that the accuracy will be better.