yes, i peeled chickpeas…….

I love hummus.

With everything.

And even though I do love the recipe I shared here awhile back. It doesn't really hold a candle to the super smooth and creamy stuff you get in a real Mediterranean restaurant. I assumed that stuff must have been made with one of those really amazing $400 blenders that some people have. You know, the kind that can blend up raw beets and carrots? I would love one of those… but I have a $40 thirteen year old refurbished kind. It can't make hummus. (but it does make darn good margaritas!)

Anyhow, I was really okay with my textured hummus. I mean, it's plenty good enough. Then I read the secret to ethereally smooth hummus here. You have to peel the chickpeas. Who does this, right? Well, Deb of Smitten Kitchen of course. And me. If you are jonesing for hummus, and a recipe like this falls in your lap, AND you just cooked up a huge batch of chickpeas…. it must be a sign.

So the sweet man came home for lunch and after giving me a questionable glance, he joined in and we peeled a quart of chickpeas in under ten minutes. It's not so bad really, you just gently squeeze them and the peel comes right off.

Voila!

 

yes, i peeled chickpeas.... + weekend links

 

yes, i peeled chickpeas.... + weekend links

 

yes, i peeled chickpeas.... + weekend links

 

I followed a kind-of-sort-of recipe in my head. A quart of peeled chickpeas, two heaping tablespoons of tahini, two preserved lemon quarters, two cloves of fresh garlic, a splash of white vinegar, a handful of parsley and salt to taste. (use water or chickpea broth to thin, if necessary) Whiz it all up in the food processor. Spoon the velvety smooth hummus into a dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Sit down with fellow hummus lover and chickpea peeler to an oddly quiet delicious lunch. Perhaps this hummus also holds the power to keep the children cooperating and playing with legos together or reading in their rooms so the grown-ups can enjoy a full twenty minutes of quiet. Magical hummus….

This is the best hummus ever, Joe said to me. 

Best hummus ever.

 

26 thoughts on “yes, i peeled chickpeas…….

  1. Happy Birthday, indeed! Your fellow Capricorn January-born loves hummus. I also tried making it and it just did not get eaten so I went back to store-bought (ugh ugh ugh) because it gets devoured. Well, I am so glad to read this – we are almost out (every other day) so I will try your method!!! Thank you! Have a fantastic day, wonderful woman!

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  2. We use minced garlic in our hummus. It never truly smoothes out (unless, maybe, you follow Deb’s advice and blend it with salt using a mortar and pestle – but I’m lazy). We’ve been peeling chickpeas for our picky middle son (who loves chickpeas but not their skins) for years. So we never really bother with it for hummus. Here’s a thought for you: roasted garlic, fresh cilantro, and half a jar of jalapenos. Yum. I’m just saying. (:
    It’s your birthday? Happy birthday!

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  3. Oh man, now I might really have to try it. When I saw Deb’s post/recipe, I think I laughed out loud. Peel the chickpeas?! Perhaps I should think of it as more of a Zen opp and give it a try. This house full of hummus lovers will swoon, I’m sure! Happy weekend!

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  4. MMMMMMMMMMMM Hummus. The ONE good thing about my ex’s mom is she always had hummus at her house. All diff flavors. Only one i didnt like was a tomato based one. Just didnt taste right. Went to a resturant the other day and ordered some with some Pita bread. It was a garlicy heaven.
    Ive never thought about making some myself. My hubby wouldnt touch it with a 10ft pole which could bennifit me greatly LOL! Hmmmm i just might have to try that. Thank you for this post.
    BTW 33 isnt so bad. The first time i said i was 33 my heart jumped into my throat and i had an “Oh S**t” moment. But it quickly passed. Happy Birthday Lady!! Love you.

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  5. There is always hummus in our fridge, we make a batch every few days. I have heard that peeling the chickpeas makes it so much smoother, but have not tried. Think I will have to try it now. Enjoy your weekend.

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  6. You are so funny. It's so cheap and easy to to make, well…. unless you get all crazy and peel the chickpeas. Then it takes a bit more time. But man…. food processor + a few simple ingredients and voila! BTW the way, we've officially known each for twenty years this year. We were 13 when we met right? Wowza!

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  7. I use whole garlic cloves. I think roasted garlic would be divine! And certainly very smooth to blend up. But alas…. I too am lazy πŸ™‚ However your roasted garlic-cilantro-jalapeno idea is on the list for next weeks hummus. That sounds amazing….. and I *love* cilantro!!
    {and thank you for the birthday wishes…. it was a lovely one~}

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  8. Awwww…. thank you. It was a good one. A weekend night off of working on the house for us both. Certainly the best gift I could ask for these days! The peeling of chickpeas made my picky man gobble it up too. Not usually a hummus lover….. but he ate this by the chip/carrot stick full. So good!

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  9. The title of this post made me laugh! You are a very funny, garbanzo-bean-peeling girl! The hummus was delicious. I’m still thinking about the lemon flavor. It was sooooo good, really! I’m going to google preserved lemons now. I might make this hummus for chicot!
    See you all soon ~ Xoxo

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  10. I agree, the lemon was so crazy good. I only thought to put them in there because I got half way through making hummus and went to add lemon juice…. and I was out! I think you could find preserved lemons at Fresh Market…. is that the name of the super grocery store in River Ranch area? I have no idea what they might cost though. Probably something crazy…. and mine were from the lemons you gave me from your moms yard. Totally cheap to make it yourself. Meyer lemons are the best by far! Have fun at Chicot….. I'm hoping you get beautiful weather while you are there!

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  11. WOW!!! It has been 20 years now. Whats funny is when my dad and i talk about your old house next to his… i always say ‘Stephs old place’. There are some pretty “interesting people” who live there now. 20 years is a long time to know someone. Im glas we are still friends πŸ™‚

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  12. Hummus is the quickest way to get my little ones to eat raw veggies! It feels like cheating and I do it! πŸ™‚ Way to go on peeling the chickpeas. I never do either!

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