We love hummus, and this version is really amazing, and if you have a pressure cooker, this is an easy, tasty reason to pull it out! We pair hummus with fresh veggies for a meal or snack. —Monica and David Eichler, Lawrence, Kansas
- 1 cup dried garbanzo beans
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 4 to 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Assorted fresh vegetables
- Sort beans and rinse in cold water. Place beans in a large bowl; add water to cover by 2 in. Cover and let stand overnight.
- Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Transfer beans to a pressure cooker; add the onion, bay leaf and 4 cups water.
- Close cover securely according to manufacturer’s directions. Bring cooker to full pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 12 minutes. (Pressure regulator should maintain a slow, steady rocking motion or release of steam; adjust heat if needed.)
- Remove from the heat; allow pressure to drop on its own. Immediately cool according to manufacturer’s directions until pressure is completely reduced. Drain bean mixture, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Discard onion and bay leaf.
- Place the beans, parsley, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Add enough reserved cooking liquid to achieve desired consistency.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Classic Hummus in Country Woman April/May 2011, p26
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