Authentic hummus: love it, but that’s not exactly what I’m talking about here. This is the Lindsay-making-hummus-at-home-in-less-than-30-minutes hummus variety. Which actually is my favorite variety, because spending 30 minutes making something that lasts for lots of lunches is a time steal. In a good way.
Know this. You need to peel the skins! Peel.the.skins. Peeeeel the skins.
Unless you have some sort of amazing blender that can whoosh anything, everything, one hundred percent smooth and creamy – does that even exist? add that to my Christmas wishlist – I highly recommend taking the time to peel the skins off the cooked (for me, canned) chickpeas.
There’s not a nice way to say it. It’s annoying to peel skins off of tiny little chickpeas.
You’re going to start a chickpea peeling party, but then it’s going to be sort of boring and you’re going to feel crabby at me. I would like to say this to you in that moment: try doing it in 100 degree heat with insane dogs barking in the background and a fan blowing the stray skins all over the place! Nope. Lie. What I actually want to say to you in that moment is that it will be done soon and it’s worth it. Really. Every time I do it, I’m glad.
The texture is so much better when you peel the skins off.
I mean, look at that silky smoothness.
Now, I think you should eat that silky smoothness. On a pita or cracker or vegetable or how bout on a sandwich? With turkey and sprouts and thick, soft grainy bread? I’ve never craved sprouts on a sandwich more than I do right now.
Update! I didn’t have this at the time I wrote this post, but for all my blended stuff now, including this hummus, I always have the best results with my Blendtec Designer Series Blender. If you’re in the market for a new grown up blender, this has your name all over it.
This one little trick will give you the smoothest hummus you’ve ever had. Basic ingredients – no tahini required. My favorite hummus ever.
2 cans chickpeas
1 clove garlic
2–3 tablespoons olive oil
up to ½ cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Remove the skins from the chickpeas by gently pinching them until the skin comes off. Discard the skins and reserve the chickpeas.
Place de-skinned chickpeas in a blender or food processor with garlic, olive oil, ¼ cup water, and salt. Blend or puree until very smooth, adding the remaining water one tablespoon at a time if the mixture is too sticky to move through the blender. Once the mixture is going, you can stream in a little bit more olive oil to help achieve a super creamy texture.
Serve on pitas, crackers, veggies, or sandwiches. Adjust seasonings as you like!
Note: I love garlic, but even two cloves can make for some very garlicky hummus that will hang with you for several hours. If you have an aversion to garlic, use a little garlic salt instead or start with half of a clove. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once it’s been blended together! Another option is roasting or sautéing the garlic before blending to help tone down the garlic “bite”.