It's fucking delicious, it's super-easy to make, it's dirt-cheap and it'll score you some major lady-wooing points to actually fake some culture. Hummus is also nothing like the shit you'll find in tubs at Costco, and it's so good, I'd practically put on candy bars too:
The next morning, the chickpeas will have almost doubled in size. Drain them, rinse them, bring them to a boil, then simmer them for 2 hours. The baking soda will harden their peels a little, so they may take longer so cook than you'd think, but the flavor is completely worth it.
|See that buttery goodness WITHOUT butter? That's what you're striving for|
Now, start blending (or processing, whatever), adding a little more oil and some water until you reach the consistency of smooth peanut butter. This is your base.
At its most elemental, hummus is just chickpeas and some spices. So we're going purist here. I'm just adding a little garlic, very little cumin, salt, pepper and paprika. And THAT'S IT. No need to go overboard here, this will be the next addition to your comfort food nirvana list.
3 cups boiled chickpeas (method shown above)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 large clove of garlic
Salt, pepper, very little cumin and a lot of paprika
- put everything in a food processor until in resembles peanut butter