Stop what you are doing right this second and grab a bag of garbanzo beans and take them for a soak! Seriously, you NEED to make this hummus right away and you will thank me. I have strived to get the super creamy hummus many, many times. I will say, that having a very high powered blender or food processor is key, I recently got a Wolf Blender and couldn't be happier with it! If you don't have one, definitely invest in one that you can use for dips, soups, spreads and smoothies. It's worth it!
I grew up eating hummus, so basically before it was cool and popular. What's not to love? Garlic, lemon, creamy beans, and tahini, it's a superfood like none other! I'm glad it's gained popularity and people have come to realize how amazing it really is for you. There are so many variations to making hummus, some that don't even require chickpeas! This is a VERY classic Mediterranean version, nothing fancy, just simple ingredients that meld together so incredibly well.
Tahini ~ Sesame Paste
The key to this recipe is tahini, many recipes call for adding olive oil to the hummus mixture itself, traditionally it is just used to top the hummus. The tahini is what gives it that creamy texture and depth of flavor, so be sure you are using good quality tahini when preparing. This process of preparing the beans is very specific to making hummus, this creates a very, very soft bean that is perfect for hummus. If you're preparing garbanzo beans for salads or anything else, these will be too soft.
There are definitely shortcuts to making hummus but the classic way includes an overnight soak then cooking to ensure very soft and creamy hummus. Another trick is adding baking soda to your garbanzo beans to help them soften even more, it changes the pH in the water creating a better environment for the skins to soften. The baking soda also helps to reduce the gas that beans will generally give you, bonus! With all these great tips and tricks, you are just a few hours away from beautiful and delicious hummus and you will NEVER go back to store bought.
You can ABSOLUTELY still use canned garbanzo beans if you don't have time to soak or just want hummus a little quicker. It is still crucial to boil down your beans, without this step you'll be left with chunky hummus. Once boiled and cooled, you'll follow the same steps to creating the perfect hummus.
My Instant Pot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances, especially with beans!!! It makes a long process super quick. The beauty of using the Instant Pot is the ability to skip an overnight soak if you forget.
- Place dried beans into your Instant Pot and cover with water by 2 times. Omit your baking soda but add in your garlic and bay leaves.
- Set your Instant Pot to high pressure, beans for 45 minutes.
- Quick release after 5 minutes and check the texture of your beans.
- They should be soft and ready to process after cooling, continue with same steps as traditional method.
Tips and Tricks
A few things to consider when making hummus that will ensure you have the BEST results!
- Process cooled beans: Processing the chickpeas when they are too warm/hot can make your hummus too thick and more like a paste instead of that creamy texture that you want. I recommend processing once your mixture has fully cooled to room temperature.
- Ice cubes: Some folks may think it's weird to add in ice cubes to make hummus but it allows the mixture to stay creamy and also gives it that bright and vibrant color.
- Baking soda: Adding baking soda to your cooking beans is a old trick that helps to soften the skins. If making traditional dried beans adding it during the soak process and then again when boiling really gives the best texture. If using canned beans, adding to the boiling process helps to break down the skins - no more peeling skins!!!
- Thinning out: If you process your hummus and realize it's too thick, you can always thin out by adding some more cold water and or lemon juice if it needs a little more zing.
- Instant Pot: If you choose to use the Instant Pot without soaking beans, be aware that they may cause more gas. Yes, the soaking process actually helps to eliminate some of the properties that cause gas. The hummus will still taste amazing and you'll have wonderful results, but maybe a little more gas.
More about the degassing process (oligosaccharides) from Taste of Home
I hope you enjoy this hummus recipe as much as my family does. Remember, eating healthy and balanced doesn't need to be expensive. A bag of beans goes a long way and is a great way to enhance your family's diet and menu.
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