Simply Delicious: Hummus – Chickpea Spread
The trick is in the details that can raise your hummus from simply pureed chickpeas to wow! The most important step, of course, is to pressure cook the beans yourself instead of using canned, then…
… you want them to cool them before adding the other ingredients so each addition will taste fresh. Finishing with fresh herbs, your best olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika will make you want to make a meal of it.I served this with lightly warmed Piadine, an Italian flat bread, but warmed pitas would be the best accompaniment. Flour tortillas or bread crostini are great substitutions.
Pressure Cooker Recipe: Hummus -Chickpea dip
1 cup dried Chickpeas, soaked or quick-soaked
1/2 bunch Parsley, chopped
Either soak the chickpeas overnight (changing the soaking water twice), or quick-soak them (about 10 minutes).
Rinse the chickpeas and put them in your pressure cooker. Cover with about 6 cups (or 1.5 L) of water. Add two crushed garlic cloves and a Bay Leaf.
Close and lock the lid and pressure cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the natural release method – move the pressure cooker to a cool burner and wait for the pressure to come down on it’s own (about 10 minutes).
Drain the chickpeas, reserving all of the cooking liquid – you will need some of this to add back when pureeing the chickpeas and you can use the rest as a stock for your next risotto. If you like, you can pull out some whole chickpeas to reserve for the garnish.
Leave the chickpeas to cool, and pick out the Bay Leaf. Pour chickpeas into food processor, or puree with a stick blender or potato masher. Add back 1/2 a cup of cooking liquid along with Tahini, lemon juice, cumin and 1 or 2 fresh garlic cloves (depending on your preference). Puree to mix and see if the consistency is creamy enough. I slowly added almost an additional extra cup of cooking water after pureeing everything together because I wanted the puree to be just one step out of “pasty” going towards “creamy” without it getting “runny.” When you have reached the right consistency, add salt to taste and puree again to mix well.
Place either in individual serving dishes or communal dipping bowl. Make a nice deep round groove in the middle with a spatula and pour a generous helping of your best olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika and fresh parsley, a few whole cooked chickpeas and serve.