Hummus is just about everything we’re looking for in a snack; it’s creamy, delicious, packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and the best part? It can either be salty or sweet making it versatile enough to satisfy any and all snack cravings. While you can easily buy hummus at your local market, you can almost just as easily make it at home where you get to control the flavor. Here are a few tips for making the ultimate hummus at home, let’s get started!
First up, choose your fighter. By this, we mean which type of chickpeas you’ll be working with. If you’ve got more time, you can use dry chickpeas, but if you’re on a time crunch, you’ll want to reach for a can of garbanzo beans.
To achieve that velvety smooth hummus texture, you’ll want to make sure you have a food processor. While a blender can get the job done in a pinch, food processors have larger blades that can easily take on all of the solid ingredients that blenders sometimes struggle with.
The easiest way to ensure your hummus is going to be delicious? Using wholesome, fresh ingredients. Vegetables have these amazing powers since they’re jam-packed with vitamins and minerals so you can imagine the punch a homemade hummus has to it. (In the best way possible, of course!) Shop your local farmer’s market for homegrown ingredients and what you can’t nab, we suggest heading to your local organic market.
As you’re blending the chickpeas and vegetables and tasting your dip as it’s coming together, a dash of salt can take your hummus from bland to *chef’s kiss* good, but oversalted hummus will immediately result in a “take two)
Tahini is the star of the show and don’t you forget it. If you aren’t familiar, tahini is a sesame seed paste that gives hummus its distinct flavor, you can find this at grocery stores or make your own.
Don’t be afraid to blend vegetables into your hummus like the naturally sweet and spiciness of roasted red pepper, the robustness of sundried tomatoes, or the sweetness of fresh basil.
Now for the fun part, add in whatever you want to dress up your hummus. There really is no wrong way to top your hummus, though we like to add heat and fresh herbs, and for the pickle obsessed, the crunchiness and tang of dill pickles sure add some zest to your hummus. (Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) Serve your dip with pita bread, crackers, or raw vegetables.