Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday at the Table

I love hummus, I really do. I have a favorite recipe I make often. And I have a favorite purchased variety I also enjoy often. But when I read the recent post by Smitten Kitchen about her "Ethereally Smooth Hummus," I have no doubt my jaw {literally} dropped.

Friends, she suggests, somewhat hesitantly, to peel the chickpeas!
In all my years of foodie-ness, I have never ever heard of doing such a thing. But you probably aren't surprised that I just had to try it! And you know, it took just a few minutes - 10 maybe. And it wasn't hard. Maybe it could even be considered relaxing.
And before I knew it, I had peeled, blended till powdery, added to, and drizzled in to create a mighty fine tasting hummus. Though Deb calls her hummus dollop-able, her pics make it look very creamy. Mine was more the dollop-able variety. Ethereally smooth on the tongue? Definitely. Delicious enough to make again? For sure. Better than my own scoop-able recipe? Well, not necessarily.
But you can bet I'll be trying this again - maybe next time soaking dried beans first. At any rate, it was a fun and tasty experiment.

My friend Pam deserves full credit for 'my' hummus recipe. I didn't really care for hummus until I tasted hers years ago. And what made me a convert, I think, was the garlic. Do try Deb's recipe. It's good. But if you're not into peeling, try Pam's and mine. It's a keeper.

1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz.) -- drained, but save liquid
1/4 cup tahini
1 Tb. olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
6 cloves garlic -- crushed (6 to 8)
1 t. sea salt
pepper to taste
paprika to garnish

Chop garbanzos in food processor; add rest of ingredients, including 1/2 of reserved liquid. Blend until smooth. Pour into serving bowl & sprinkle with paprika. Serve with triangles of soft pita bread OR crisp pita chips.

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  1. I love hummus, too! Still working on my kids, though. I agree that garlic really does make hummus extra special. And I was intrigued when I saw Deb's recipe called for peeling the chickpeas. Glad to hear that it isn't really magical! Yours sounds delicious!

  2. I'm another houmous fan, and I have to admit to pinning that recipe without noticing the peeling of the chickpeas, oh well, it won't kill me I'm sure!

  3. That looks delicious! I love hummus.

  4. I found a great deal on pita chips after Christmas, so I've been trying out hummus recipes. Think I'll try yours today. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My sister loves hummus, I'm more of a once in awhile kind of girl with it. Maybe I need to try your recipe... Oh, and I agree that Deb's pic was the creamiest hummus I've ever seen. I didn't realize that's what it was at first!

  6. I've just ordered a new super-duper blender, so I'm going to try this! I'm a recent hummus convert, and I love garlic! So much so, vampires won't come within 20 miles of me!

  7. Oh wow I need to make this, I love hummus, all types. So good. I never think to buy garbanzo beans in a can...good idea!

  8. Looks fabulous! I love hummus but have never tried to make it myself so thank you for the great recipe.

  9. Hummus is delicious but I have never tried to make it for myself. I would probably be anal enough to peel the chickpeas...probably just as well to have a recipe that doesn't ask me to do that!

  10. I told my husband abut the peeling too when i read the smitten kitchen post!

  11. I love hummus too! This peeling thing is new to me. Must try it : )

  12. How I love hummus. I haven't tried Smitten's yet, but I will, and yours/Pam's!

  13. mmmmm. hummus. i haven't made any in ages! i really should give this recipe a try!

  14. I usually peel some of my chickpeas, then get fed up and dump the rest in the blender. I suggest you try a spicy version too--some cumin and a shake of cayenne pepper makes a nice variation.