Hummus (Lebanese Chickpea Spread)

READY IN: 45mins




  • Soak the chickpeas in a generous amount of water overnight.
  • Rinse the chickpeas and transfer to a medium saucepot. Add the water and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Skim the foam that rises to the top with a spoon and discard. Continue to boil until the chickpeas are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Drain the chickpeas over a bowl, reserving the cooking water and 10 chickpeas for garnish.
  • Combine the chickpeas, ½ cup of the cooking water, the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth.
  • Transfer the hummus to a small bowl. Drag the back of a soup spoon 1 inch from the edge of the bowl to create a moat around the center. Pour the olive oil in the moat. Decorate the center and edges with the reserved chickpeas and garnish with a few sprinkles of Aleppo pepper.
  • Cook’s Note: Aleppo pepper is a dried red pepper popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It has a medium spice level and a subtle sweetness. Jeanette frequently uses Aleppo pepper in her dishes.