if you follow me on twitter, you've most likely heard of my intense obsession with hummus. i could eat it all day every single day. give me hummus, wine, and sour candy and i'll be set for LIFE. i've been making my own for a while now. it's cheaper, tastier (in my opinion :) and healthier. so i thought i'd share with you guys just how i make the magic happen.
i buy a bag of dry chickpeas. i used to do the prepared ones in the can, but didn't really care for the extras in there from the processing. plus, i need my chickpeas in bulk. i soak them overnight in my crockpot so they'll be ready to go in the morning. the next day, i drain the water and fill with fresh to cook them. i set the crockpot on high and let go for about 6 hours. then i drain that water and let them cool.
here's where the recipe gets a little confusing. i don't measure anything, it stresses me out. so i really do everything to taste. you'll need:
lime or lemon-squeeze all the juice
salt-probably about 2 tsps (also salt the the chickpeas as they cook)
garlic-i cheat and use the minced (1 tsp) or 1 or 2 cloves
ground cumin-generous amount
ground coriander-generous amount
tahini paste-about a tbsp
olive juice-2 or 3 tsp
water-just enough to make it creamy
i just dump everything in the food processor and let her go. then give it a taste test. if you like it, then you're done! i cook the whole bag of chickpeas at once but only prepare about half at a time. i go through a bag in a week, easy. this might last you guys a lot longer. but seriously, i am not a good cook and i get so many compliments on this dish. it is my very favorite food.
i have recently been diagnosed with celiac (gluten intolerance) so i can no longer eat pita bread or really anything at all with wheat. so i buy rice crackers (sooooooo gooooood) to pair with my hummus or spoon it on my salad or eat with carrots and other veggies as a snack. i will also take some of the cooked chickpeas and put it on my rice pasta. those little things are pretty fantastic :) if you try it, let me know!!