Blistered Pea Hummus

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Blistered Pea Hummus |

I have a feeling that none of you would be my friend in real life if:

#1 You could hear the voice I use when speaking to Amelia. We all have animal voices. Mine is just REALLY bad. And strangely enough, it’s gets more grating the more tired I get.

#2 You could see me (sometimes!) reach into my dirty hamper and take out dirty socks and put them on my clean feet because ‘they’re not that dirty and I like black socks to match my black Nikes.

#3 You could see how many dishes I dirty when making simple things like a salad, lettuce cups or coffee. ‘Working clean’ is for fancy chefs or people who are more organized in their brains than me.

#4 You could see how many times I open the fridge/freezer, take a swig of something and then return it (versus, you know, pouring myself a glass). But really, I live with only one other person and we make out all the time so it’s totally fine if I double-dip, right…

And now, hummus.

Blistered Pea Hummus |
This hummus is a labor of love. I’m afraid that you’ll hate me because of this hummus recipe. I’ve made a super simple thing kind of more complicated but I think it’s worth it so please hear me out. Please!

This recipe starts with shucking a bunch of peas, which I honestly like doing. There’s something about repeating the same motion over and over that is soothing.

And then, I juiced the jackets! Whaaa! If you don’t have a juicer, you can totally skip this step, but I wanted the hummus to be as green as possible and I love the notion of waste not want not.

Blistered Pea Hummus |

Blistered Pea Hummus |

Blistered Pea Hummus |

I’m a firm believer of removing the skins of the garbanzo beans. I love the texture it provides. Silky smooth. You don’t have to do this step either–it’s just a personal preference.

Lastly, blistering the peas. It only takes a few minutes, but I love the flavor it provides. This hummus is sweet and earthy and really REALLY fresh tasting.

Health meets comfort.

Blistered Pea Hummus |

Blistered Pea Hummus



  • 10 to 12 cumin seeds
  • 5 to 7 coriander seeds
  • 4 cups English peas
  • 1 24-ounce can of garbanzo beans, skins removed*
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt
  • Handful of Italian parsley, minced


  • In a mortar and pestle (or alternatively you could use a spice grinder), crush and grind the seeds until they resemble a powder. Set aside. Note: If you don't have either then you can surely use these spices in their ground form; I'd add about 1/4 teaspoon each. Just a lil'.
  • Shuck the English peas by pinching off their tops, pulling the "string," which will split the seam. Run your finger down the seam to open the pods. Remove the peas and add them to a bowl, while reserving the jackets for later use. Repeat this process until you've worked your way through all the peas. Add the jackets to a juicer and turn the machine on; set the juice aside (you should end up with about 1/3 of a cup). Note: This is totally optional. If you don't have a juicer, don't sweat it; it's more for color and a teeny bit of flavor. Set the juice aside.
  • To a small saucepan, heat a teaspoon or two of olive oil, over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the peas and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, giving them a good shake once or twice, until their skins are blistered. To the jar of a blender, add the crushed cumin and coriander, blistered peas, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic clove and a few pinches of salt. Pulse until chunky. With the machine running, pour in the reserved pea juice or a splash or two of warm water, adding a bit more if needed. Pulse until the hummus is smooth-ish. Give it a taste test and add a bit more salt, if you like.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and top with a drizzle of good quality olive oil, the minced Italian parsley and pinch of salt.


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    Reply Ayla May 21, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I totally, totally get the socks story. I tell myself they’re really still sorta clean… and they’ve gotta match your shoes. No one can tell anyway, right?! Right!

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    Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) May 21, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I didn’t even know it was possible for hummus to be sexy. But this hummus is SEXY! Blistered peas and juiced pea jackets?! Ahh, just love it all. Can I move in?

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    Reply Iris R. May 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Ha, pretty sure this post made me like you even more instead of less. Mostly because I am equally annoying by doing all of the same things. The voice I use to speak with my dog is so gushy, I definitely reuse socks, and make huge kitchen messes.

    Also, this recipe has me ridiculously excited to try it. I’ve never thought of juicing the outsides of peas!

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    Reply Megan | Hint of Vanilla May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Just socks from the dirty hamper? I go rummaging through my hamper because there was a shirt that I wore last week and it would be perfect for today and no one that saw me wear it last week will see me today so no one will know, right? Does it smell? Ehhh, a couple minutes in the dryer with a sheet will fix it.

    This happens more often than I’d like to admit.

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    Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Animal voices are the best, haha!

    I love all things hummus, and then you added fresh juice, and THEN you added the sweetness of peas and earthiness of cumin!? Killing me! I need this hummus in my life asap.

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    Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog May 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    okay, i would totes be your friend regardless of 1, 2 or 3! 4 is a little questionable because i’m that friend that helps themselves to drinks from your fridge πŸ˜› but that just means i’ll bring over drinks to share πŸ™‚

    this hummus looks. so. good. peas are my spirit legume.

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    Reply How to Philosophize with Cake May 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I love your introduction piece, so funny <3 and that hummus does look like a labor of love indeed, but it seems like something that would taste even better. πŸ™‚

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    Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Ok, this hummus is unreal. Love the blistered peas!

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    Reply Tanya May 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Haha.. What a funny blog to wake up to. So I think I would still consider your friendship, as long as you never left the empty bottle in the fridge πŸ™‚
    I’m not a fan of hummus so I don’t think I’ll try this one… Or does it taste different?

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    Reply Abby @ Happy Food Happy Home May 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    We would definitely be friends in real life because I do all of those things. Less with the socks because I hate wearing shoes (sandals all the way), but my ‘puppy voice’ is pretty gosh darn awful. And Dustin has threatened to lock me in the kitchen if I make any bigger of a mess. If the tool will make it easier I will use it, even if I could probably do it with something I have out already–like getting out my chef’s knife when I’ve just used a paring knife.
    p.s. I’m normally too lazy to make hummus at home, but this pea hummus might just change my mind!

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    Reply Francesca May 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I go into ultra high squeak mode with our cat, Olive. It’s completely uncontrollable at this point; I don’t even know what I’m doing until I get certain looks.

    This looks delicious. Still on a green (re: healthy) kick?

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    Reply Sophia May 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Just started following your blog… I love your style of writing. And today itself, my roommate gave me grief for piling up a gazillion dishes while making grilled cheese….
    Keep up the great work….your stories enliven even the dullest parts of my day!

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    Reply Hari Chandana May 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Looks so beautiful.. love the color! πŸ™‚

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    Reply ATasteOfMadness May 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Whoa… why is this not on my table already??

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