Ultra-Smooth Hummus with Miso and Charred Scallions
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Serves: 4 cups
  • Ultra-Creamy Miso Hummus with Spicy Charred Scallions
  • Makes about 4 cups.
  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (increases to 3 cups after soaking)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (about 1½ large lemons), or more to taste
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 cup sesame tahini
  • ¼ cup white (shiro) miso
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin, more to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for serving
For the charred scallions:
  • 5 to 6 scallions, roots and dry tops trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon gochugaro or Aleppo-style pepper (or a pinch of red chili pepper flakes)
  1. In a large bowl, cover chickpeas by at least 3 inches of cold water and stir in 1 teaspoon baking soda and 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Let soak at room temperature overnight. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Place the soaked chickpeas in a large Dutch oven or pot. Add the other teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon kosher salt and 6 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a vigorous simmer, cover with lid slightly cracked, and cook until very tender, to the point of falling apart, about 1 - 1½ hours. Add more water if needed to keep the beans completely submerged at all times. Drain.
  3. While the chickpeas are cooking, make the Tahini-Miso sauce: In a blender, purée the lemon juice, garlic and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt until the garlic is completely broken down. Let the lemon-garlic mixture sit in the blender for 10 minutes. Add the tahini, miso and cumin, and blend until a thick paste forms. Slowly drizzle in ⅓ to ⅔ cup ice water while the blender is running, a little at a time, until the sauce becomes very smooth and creamy.
  4. Add the hot, drained chickpeas to the blender with tahini-miso mixture. Starting on low speed and working up to high. blend until perfectly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of blender occasionally, 1 -3 minutes. Keep blending until the mixture is ultra-creamy and fluffy, adding a little water, if needed to make the mixture blend. Taste for seasonings, adding more salt, lemon juice and/or cumin as needed. Transfer hummus to a bowl or sealable container and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  5. While the hummus is cooling, make the Spicy Charred Scallions: Heat a large, heavy skillet (cast iron is perfect) over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil and the scallions, season with kosher salt, and cook, turning occasionally, until softened and deeply charred, about 4 minutes. Transfer the scallions to a cutting board and cut them into ½ inch pieces. Add to a bowl and drizzle with more oil and the gochugaro. Season with kosher salt and black pepper, to taste.
  6. To serve, spread the hummus on a plate using a large spoon, swirling the top to make a few furrows. Top with the charred scallions, a sprinkle of extra gochugaro and a drizzle of olive oil.
Recipe by Nerds with Knives at https://nerdswithknives.com/ultra-smooth-hummus-miso/