A few weeks ago we launched a fun promotion to highlight the amazing new line of Vitamix Ascent blenders. We think that hummus is one of the easiest, yet more complex to get right, things to make in a Vitamix. So, with the support of our good friends at GRAIN we started a “Make a hummus, win a Vitamix” promotion.
From the entries through our website we had 3 finalists that had the most votes from visitors to the page.
The top recipes were:
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Roasted Beet Hummus
- Goma-ae Hummus
We gathered in our North Vancouver kitchen to recreate the recipes and do our taste tasting to determine a winner.
We started with a batch of GRAIN chickpeas which we pressure cooked for 20 minutes in our All-Clad pressure cooker. Talk about the best chickpeas you can get your hands on.
I find it hard to eat hummus without flatbread so we made up a quick batch of pan fried bread.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup anything else that you fancy – whole wheat, Emmer, Kamut, etc
- 2 tsp salt
- 1.5 to 2 cups of water
Mix really well in a bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 7 min. Let rest for 20 min.
Cut and roll into 1.5″ balls. With lots of flour on your surface, roll flat. Cook on a hot (dry) carbon steel pan for about 1 min on 1 side and 30 seconds on the other, or until they get good and brown.
Below are the recipes from the 3 top rated recipes that were submitted as part of our Vitamix Giveaway
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1 can (540mL) chickpeas, drained
2-4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tbsp. chicken stock
1 1/2 tbsp. tahini
2-3 tbsp. lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
1 large roasted red bell pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1. Roast the red pepper in the oven for 20 minutes on each side (40 min total) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Add all of the ingredients into the container of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is nice and smooth, stirring in between if needed.
Inspired by the Japanese sesame dressing, this hummus is perfect for picnics to dinner parties. Pairs well with crunchy vegetables and ice-cold beer. Warning: once you start, you won’t be able to stop!
Recipe yields 1 cup of hummus
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed (if using dry, 1/2 cup soaked and then cooked)
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp black or white sesame seeds (black preferred for colour)
2 tbsp water
Optional garnish: Sprinkle black and white sesame seeds, and drizzle with more toasted sesame oil
Put all hummus ingredients in a food processor and pulse until creamy and smooth. Adjust texture to your liking by adding more or less water. Transfer to a bowl; garnish and serve with veggies. Recommended vegetables include: daikon radish, hakurei turnips, cucumbers, carrots, blanched green beans. This hummus is also delicious with firm tofu.
I think I should win this Vitamix because I live to feed others. I am a connector and for me, cooking is only meaningful if it’s for others. This Vitamix is going to allow me to invite more people to my dinners, make more meals for my friends who are pregnant or just had a newborn, and most importantly, feed delicious home made meals and smoothies for myself and my husband (hopefully a family eventually). So that’s why I would like to win this contest.
Roasted Beet Hummus
75g beets (roasted for extra flavour!)
20g oil (canola, olive)
8g lemon juice
3g maple syrup or honey
8g roasted garlic (3g unroasted)
Add all ingredients in the order listed. Blend until it reaches a consistency you are satisfied with (from chunky to totally smooth)
Enjoy fully with love ❤
/// NOTE: I experimented creating this recipe using ratios, so to prepare you will need a scale! This way the elements of the dish are even instead of using the standardized measurements we are used to! Try it out, it’s deeeeeelish! No scale? You can just change the g to ml and go from there! ///
The Taste Test
Sometimes our job is really tough. We must cook, create, AND eat. I know, why do we do it, eh? But we soldier on!
As a team we worked through the hummus. Tasting first with a spoon, then with flatbread and then with roasted cauliflower.
While the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus was really good and the Goma-ae Hummus was very interesting and zingy (in a good way), neither compared to the depth and boldness of the Roasted Beet Hummus.
So our unanimous decision was the Roasted Beet Hummus. Congratulations to Nicole for an amazing recipe and for winning a Vitamix A2500!