What is in that Hummus?

Chestnuts.

In our recipe, these meaty nuts take the place of chickpeas for a richer flavor and creamier texture than traditional hummus. Easy to whip up for a party, a snack, or a summer evening supper when it’s too hot to cook, this chestnut hummus recipe is a keeper.

Imported from France, D’Artagnan chestnuts are fully-cooked, vacuum-sealed and ready-to-eat, which makes them easy to use in recipes.

In Southwest France chestnuts are a favorite ingredient, and have long been used to make cakes and breads. Today many gluten-free bakers are discovering that chestnut pureé and chestnut flour can be used in place of wheat flour.

Secret Ingredient Chestnuts

Chestnut Hummus Recipe

Our hummus recipe pretty much follows the traditional chickpea version, with the exception of the chestnuts. Liberal use of good olive oil gives hummus dimension, while garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and spices provide tangy flavor notes.

chestnut-hummus-recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 packs of Ready-to-Use Chestnuts
  • 3/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • ¾ -1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup Jean Reno Black Fruity Olive Oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ – 1 tsp chile powder, to taste
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika for topping
  • ½ tsp sumac plus ¼ tsp for topping
  • 1 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. Rinse, dry and then finely chop parsley and set aside.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pureé until smooth. If the hummus is too thick, add more water until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Place in a shallow bowl. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle smoked paprika, sumac and chopped parsley in circular patterns before serving. Serve with crudités, pita bread, tortilla chips, or your favorite hummus accompaniment.

Health Nuts

Did you know that chestnuts are packed vitamin C, potassium, copper and magnesium, amino acids, antioxidants, and have high levels of essential fatty acids? More comparable nutritionally to a sweet potato, sweet corn or a plantain than to other nuts and seeds, chestnuts also have folates, like all those leafy greens they keep telling you to eat.

If you make our chestnut hummus recipe, or anything else with D’Artagnan ingredients, be sure to share pictures with us on social media! Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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