Dill pickles have been around a long time. Don't believe us? Check out our blog post on the History of Pickles right here!
Much like pickles, hummus has seen its fair share of history too.
That got us at SuckerPunch wondering...how have these two culinary superstars never produced a hit collaboration?
Well, after multiple millennia, we're happy to announce that dill pickles and hummus have finally topped the charts with their new release: Dill Pickle Hummus.
Maybe you don't think of Dill Pickle being a classic hummus flavor, but if Trader Joe's is selling it, you know it's gotta be good. Dill Pickle Hummus isn't just a food fad; it's your favorite hummus flavor in waiting. If you've never tried this salty, tangy snack, start stocking up on things to dip with because you'll be using your fingers to get the last of this delicious dip out of the container.
No sense in wasting any time; let's dive in and get you ready to make your very own batch of homemade dill pickle hummus with our products!
The Right Tools For The Job
Some kind of food processor is necessary for getting the consistency right. In order of easy to deal with, here is the preferred list:
- Classic food processor - easiest to clean, and they create the most uniform (chunk-free) hummus.
- Industrial Blender - also straightforward to clean but not as easy to stir; an industrial blender like a Vitamix or Ninja does an excellent job with whipping your hummus into shape provided you are using the right speed. Do yourself a favor and consult the owner's manual for the preferred blending speed for making hummus.
- Regular blender - Not quite as easy to control as a food processor or industrial blender, but it will undoubtedly puree your chickpeas nicely. The trick with classic blenders is that they need a little bit of liquid to get the motor running, so if you're using a standard blender, you may want to add some extra pickle juice to the process.
- Immersion blender - Immersion blenders work just fine for making hummus, especially if you are limited to a usable workspace. The key to working with immersion blenders is to work with small batches. If you attempt to use the immersion blender on all the chickpeas at once, you may find that chickpeas are flying out of the bowl like little garbanzo bean projectiles. Use a smaller canister and craft your dill pickle hummus in segmented batches if the immersion blender ends up being your tool of choice.
- Electric Hand Mixer - Much like the immersion blender, the electric hand mixer works fine in a pinch. The same rules apply for this appliance as were just covered with the immersion blender. Small batches will prevent flying chickpeas and unnecessary splatter, and you may need to spend some extra time to get the smooth consistency you crave when it comes to classic hummus.
In addition to a high powered mixing machine, here are some other utensils, bowls, and general accoutrement you will need to get the job done:
- 6 mixing bowls ranging in sizes
- A cutting board and a sharp knife for chopping
- A Garlic Press
- Measuring spoons (Tablespoon and Teaspoon)
- Measuring Cup (with ½ and ¼ cup options)
- A large wooden spoon for stirring
- A large flexible spatula for scraping
- A small spoon for tasting
Sulivan's Dill Pickle Hummus Shopping List:
Maybe you have some of these ingredients on hand, but if there's one universal truth to home cooking, it's that you'll probably have to run to the store for at least one item. Here are all of the ingredients you will need to make your very own batch of Dill Pickle Hummus.
- 2 Cups Canned Chickpeas (drained... we're getting our liquid from pickle juice)
- 1 Cup SuckerPunch Dill Pickles (use SuckerPunch Garlic Fire Dills for an added punch!)
- ½ Cup SuckerPunch Pickle Juice (we recommend our bottled SuckerPunch Pickle Juice, but the juice om the dill pickle jar works just fine)
- 4 cloves pressed garlic (use 2 if you are a vampire, use 6 if you want a knockout flavor)
- ½ Cup Tahini
- ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 Teaspoons Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (any salt will do...start with 2 teaspoons then salt to taste)
- 1 teaspoon of Black Pepper (start with black pepper, then add to taste)
- 1 Teaspoon of Coriander
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Dill
- 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
Let's look at how to make dill pickle hummus with these easy to follow step-by-step instructions:
First, wash your hands! Clean hands are the key to any well-made dish.
Second, set out all your ingredients in separate containers. This doesn't have to mean you use an individual bowl for each ingredient; for example, the chickpeas can live in their can until you are ready to use them. Yes, step this will mean some extra dishes but having things organized before you start mixing and cooking makes things much more manageable.
In a large bowl, combine the drained chickpeas, chopped pickles, Tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, pickle juice, and garlic.
Sprinkle the seasonings (salt, pepper, coriander, garlic powder) over the chickpea mixture one at a time. Stir quickly after each seasoning is added.
Pour the well-mixed chickpea mixture into the food processor or blender. Be sure to close the lid!
Use the pulse function to coarsely chop the ingredients.
As the mixture becomes less chunky, set your food processor or blender to puree until the mixture becomes smooth.
Once smooth, transfer from the food processor into a bowl or storage container and top with fresh dill and lemon zest.
Serve with your choice of vegetables, crackers, or other dip-related snacks, and enjoy!
*If your Hummus is too thick, add some more pickle juice to thin it out. Don't worry, it's Dill Pickle hummus; you're not going to make it taste "too dilly."
**If your Hummus is too thin, add some more chickpeas and more pickles in an even ratio. If you like the hummus flavor but just want it a little bit more congealed, add a touch more Tahini to help the paste to gel.
Here's why Dill Pickle works as a Hummus flavor:
1) Dill is a natural culinary counterpoint to chickpeas. Chickpeas are unique in that they have a distinctive but mild flavor. Chickpeas taste pretty neutral all by themselves, but with a little bit of dill, these peas take on the tart and tangy essence of pickle for a perfect flavor combination.
2) Much like other legumes, Chickpeas have a sort of mushy and gritty texture that is neither bitter nor sweet. With a little bit of pickle in the mix, that mushy texture is laced with the succulent snap of pickled cucumber for palette perfection.
3) Pickle juice acts as a natural thinning agent, which means no more lumpy bumps in your hummus! It's true, dill pickle hummus isn't just the tastiest hummus, it's also the smoothest of its kind. The extra pickle juice you add to this delectable dip will ensure that your hummus is soft and delicate for a salty sensation your tastebuds will clamor for.
Don't Know Which Dippable Delicacies To Serve With Your Hummus?
Here are some of Sulivan's favorite dippable delights for dunking into a bowl of homemade dill pickle hummus:
1) Pita Chips - Neither cracker nor chip, this hybrid snack was designed for hummus and gives you the freedom to take a tiny dunk or a massive scoop of this savory treat.
2) Pickles - Dunking pickles into dill pickle hummus may seem gratuitous, but there is no snack snappier than a SuckerPunch Pickle! It doesn't have to be a delicious dill that you dunk into your homemade hummus...try adding some heat with a Fiery Heat 3 Pepper Spear or sweeten things up with a SuckerPunch Bread N' Butter.
3) Chopped Veggies - Not all snack foods have to be unhealthy, in fact, we'll go toe to toe with anyone who says a baby carrot or snap pea isn't a great way to enjoy dill pickle hummus! Sure there's a time for salty chips and tasty dips, but sometimes you just want to veg out!
4) Industrial Strength Crackers - Some crackers just can't hold up to the rich texture of dill pickle hummus. That's why we recommend a hearty cracker like a Triscuit or a Wheat Thin. Thicker crackers will be able to hold as much hummus as your comfortable chomping into while also being the perfect salty sidekick to this tangy treat.
Check Out Our Other Recipes!
If you liked reading about dill pickle hummus, loved eating dill pickle hummus, or can't wait to try dill pickle hummus, then you should definitely check out our other recipes such as our dill pickle dip or dill pickle soup recipe. At SuckerPunch, we know pickles, which means we know what goes best with these snappy snacks.
Whether you're eating a pickle all by its lonesome, putting it on a sandwich, or turning it into something fun and fancy like dill pickle hummus, SuckerPunch is the only punch-packing pickle with a knockout flavor.