This recipe for flavorful and creamy hummus can be made in the instant pot or on the stovetop. A Smoky and spicy walnut topping makes this hummus appetizer just that much more delicious!
When it became apparent that quick trips to the grocery store were no longer feasible, I’ll be honest, a wee bit of panic set in.
You know you have those go-to foods in your home that you enjoy regularly. We have several food items that I picked up every week back in the day. Since our forced staycation, with limited trips to the grocery store, I’ve had to make some of our regular favs.
One of those items that were on our regular grocery list was hummus. I would buy a big tub of it at Costco every week to ten days.
As fate had it, I had all the ingredients I needed to make this delicious and creamy hummus recipe; dried chickpeas or garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and cumin.
Let’s do a quick pause and clarify that chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same exact thing, the only difference is that ‘garbanzo’ is just more fun to say!
I have made hummus in the past, and while always tasty, it is hard to get it as smooth as we like. And, this part I’m going to whisper because I’m a tad embarrassed by it; I even sat down once and took all the skins off of the cooked garbanzo beans as directed by some hummus authority somewhere.
And yes, when I removed the skins, it did result in creamier hummus, but…really?
I did it once and I’m not going to do it again.
So, what’s a hummus loving gal supposed to do to get the creamiest hummus possible, short of sitting in a closet peeling the skins off of chickpeas?
I did some research and discovered that soaking or brining dried beans in water and salt results in softer skins. It has to do with sodium ions replacing calcium ions, which then permits more water into the skin. If we aren’t going to remove the skins, we can at least make those skins softer, resulting in a creamier hummus when processed.
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If you have an Instant Pot, now is a great time to use it for a delicious Instant Pot Hummus. My Instant Pot gets a workout cooking beans! If you don’t have an Instant Pot, don’t fret. You can still make this on your stovetop.
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So there you have it my friends, a creamy hummus that won’t require you to do silly things, like remove skins from garbanzo beans!
And this hummus served alongside Marinated Castelvetrano Olives or Roasted Olives with Feta makes a lovely, Mediterranean inspired array of appetizers. Chances are, you won’t even need to cook dinner for the night!
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