Toasted Sesame Hummus

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This hummus recipe is special because it is made with freshly ground tahini, the Middle Eastern sesame paste nearly essential to hummus. The power of the blender blades grinds the sesame seeds into a silky purée, lending a wonderfully rich elegance to the chickpeas, lemon, and garlic.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time5 minsTotal Time10 mins

RatingDifficultyBeginner

Preparation Method
1

Preparation Method
Heat a small skillet over medium heat, add the sesame seeds, and toast them, shaking the pan often, until they are brown and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the sesame seeds to a plate to cool.

Place the sesame seeds in the blender, followed by the olive oil, sesame oil, chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and ½ cup water (or chickpea cooking liquid). Select MANUAL/SPEED 3 and pulse to roughly combine.

Select the PUREE setting, using the tamper as needed to stir the mixture. Once the cycle finishes, adjust the consistency of the hummus, if you like, by adding up to ½ cup more water to thin it. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and lemon juice as needed. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle paprika on top, and serve with pita, crackers, or vegetables.

Variation:
Black Bean Hummus

Reduce the sesame seeds to ⅓ cup and reduce the toasted sesame oil to 1 teaspoon. Substitute 2 cups cooked or 1 (15-ounce) can black beans (with their liquid) for 2 cups or 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas. Substitute lime juice for the lemon juice, decrease the cumin to 1½ teaspoons, and add 1½ teaspoons chili powder. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Variation:
Tomato-Basil Hummus

Add ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, and ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the blender with the other ingredients.

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Ingredients

  cup ⅔ cup sesame seeds
 6 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
 4 cups Cooked chickpeas or 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed
 4 garlic cloves, peeled
 ½ cup Fresh lemon juice (from 3 or 4 lemons)
 2 tsp Ground Cumin
 1 tsp Kosher Salt
 1 cup Water or 1 cup reserved chickpea cooking liquid
 Sweet paprika, for serving
 Pita breads, sesame crackers, or raw vegetables, for serving

Directions

Preparation Method
1

Preparation Method
Heat a small skillet over medium heat, add the sesame seeds, and toast them, shaking the pan often, until they are brown and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the sesame seeds to a plate to cool.

Place the sesame seeds in the blender, followed by the olive oil, sesame oil, chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and ½ cup water (or chickpea cooking liquid). Select MANUAL/SPEED 3 and pulse to roughly combine.

Select the PUREE setting, using the tamper as needed to stir the mixture. Once the cycle finishes, adjust the consistency of the hummus, if you like, by adding up to ½ cup more water to thin it. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and lemon juice as needed. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle paprika on top, and serve with pita, crackers, or vegetables.

Variation:
Black Bean Hummus

Reduce the sesame seeds to ⅓ cup and reduce the toasted sesame oil to 1 teaspoon. Substitute 2 cups cooked or 1 (15-ounce) can black beans (with their liquid) for 2 cups or 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas. Substitute lime juice for the lemon juice, decrease the cumin to 1½ teaspoons, and add 1½ teaspoons chili powder. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Variation:
Tomato-Basil Hummus

Add ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, and ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the blender with the other ingredients.

Toasted Sesame Hummus