Creamy Chipotle Beet Hummus
Secrets on How To Make The Perfect Hummus
First of all the big difference is I start with dry chickpeas. If you want a creamy, smooth, and delicate hummus, you have to start from scratch (some of my previous recipes from years ago use canned, which is not as good). Trust me, the little extra forethought is worth it! Otherwise you will get chunky, thick, and gritty hummus. Secondly, you must choose PNW Pedrosillano Cafe Garbanzo Beans. These smaller versions of your traditional chickpea, are the choice for hummus makers because they are creamier in consistency and have a nuttier flavor. Luckily you do not have to look far. If you live in Bellingham, you can find these in the BULK section of Whole Foods and the Bellingham Food Co-op. For the rest of you, if you can't find them at your local health food store, I encourage you to purchase them online. Thirdly, especially for the traditional hummus, try serving it warm. Yes, warm! Of course you can still eat it cold, but warming up the hummus increases the aroma and tastes much more satisfying and satiating than cold hummus. At least...thats my opinion. You definitely want to try this with the Traditional Hummus recipe below. For the beet hummus, you can get away with keeping it cold or serving it at room temperature.
Versatility of Hummus
Many people enjoy hummus with vegetables and crackers like shown above. However, you can serve hummus as a base, topped with grilled or baked fish. You can even top it with some lamb or grass-fed beef. Also, you can layer hummus like a "bean dip". Simply put a layer of hummus in a dish, top with finely diced cucumber, bell peppers, or tomatoes, and fresh herbs, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. This is great for easy dipping! Of course you can also use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps. However, I just love the simplicity of serving it alone with fresh raw veggies, especially in the summer. Now get soaking! Whether you make the beet or traditional version, you will love it!
Chipotle Beet Hummus