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Lucky Peach’s Miso-amped Hummus

After the pumpkin, chocolate and other hummus nightmares of late I understand that hummus with miso sounds very worrying indeed.

Blame Lucky Peach presents Power Vegetables

Thankfully the idea to add miso to hummus doesn’t come from me, but from Lucky Peach presents Power Vegetables. And the miso in this recipe isn’t a cover-up to disguise the flavor of hummus, but rather a means to enhance it in all it’s hummussy goodness.

A bookshelf filled with cookbooks and a copy of Power Vegetables shown in front.

Gooey fluffy magic hummus tricks

I had words with this recipe the first time I made it. My chickpeas would barely budge when I tried to blend them in my food processor. They were absolute dicks. Thankfully someone told me I should use some of the cooking liquids of the chickpeas to help smooth their transition into hummusy goodness.

Then I found my hummus to be quite… firm and Play-Dough like once it had cooled down. I don’t recall where I read this a few weeks later, but a couple of ice cubes really help turn your hummus into the best gooey fluffy magic ever.

A bowl of miso amped hummus surrounded by its ingredients and some Turkish bread

Varations and what to have miso-amped hummus with

I have updated the recipe below to add instructions on how to make a garlicky hummus dip, or just a chickpea-garlic spread if you want to be proper about calling hummus hummus and other things made with chickpeas and other ingredients something else.

I like to top mine with za’atar or sumac for some extra oomph.

You can eat the dip with bread or however else you like or use it to make:

A bowl of miso amped hummus surrounded by its ingredients

Miso-amped hummus from Lucky Peach presents Power Vegetables

Dorothy Porker
This very inauthentic hummus is based on a recipe from Lucky Peach's Power Vegetables, improved over time with tips from internet randos and magazines.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Overnight soak 8 hrs
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Party snack, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Vegan, Vegetarian


  • Large pot, for soaking and cooking
  • Ladle
  • Sieve
  • Small bowl
  • Kitchen towel
  • Food processor
  • Oven, if making garlic and chickpea spread, AND
  • Oven proof dish


  • 1 c - 200 gr dried chickpeas soaked overnight, weight is pre-soak
  • 1 t - 5 gr baking soda
  • 1/4 c - 60 ml olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic smashed and peeled
  • 3/4 c - 175 ml chickpea cooking liquid see instructions
  • 1/4 c - 60 ml lemon juice fresh is best
  • 1 t - 5 gr salt
  • pinch ground cumin
  • 1/2 c - 120 ml tahin
  • 1 T - 15 gr miso white is best, but red works too
  • 3 ice cubes

For the chickpea and garlic spread

  • all of the above +
  • 3 heads garlic separated into skin-on cloves
  • olive oil
  • salt


  • Drain 1 c - 200 gr soaked chickpeas, place them on a kitchen towel and dry them off gently.
  • Move the chickpeas to a large pot, I used the same one I soak them in overnight, with 1 tsp - 5 gr of baking soda and cook on a low heat while stirring vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes or so.
  • Cover the chickpeas until they are submerged in about 1" of cold water and bring to a boil.
  • Leave to simmer until they are soft. This can take 30-60 minutes, depending on the quality and age of your chickpeas. Use a ladle to remove any foam or chickpea skins that come bubbling to the surface. Add water if your chickpeas appear to be drying out, but haven't softened yet.
  • Drain the chickpeas, making sure you hang on to the cooking liquid. You'll need it for the next step.
  • Place the chickpeas, 1/4 c - 60 ml olive oil and 1 clove of garlic into a food processor along with a first scoop of the cooking liquid. Blitz for 2 minutes. Add more of the liquid if your food processor starts to struggle.
  • Finally add 1/4 c - 60 ml of lemon juice, 1 t - 5 gr salt, 1 pinch of cumin, 1/2 c - 270 gr of tahini, 1 T - 15 gr of miso and 3 ice cubes (and the roast garlic if you're making chickpea and garlic spread) and blend again for another 2 minutes until well combined and fluffy. If your food processor is struggling again use a wooden spoon to beat the ingredients together until the last of the ice cubes as dissolved completely.
  • Your hummus is now done. Lucky Peach prefers it warm, but I quite enjoy it cold as well

To make chickpea and garlic spread

  • First, take a moment to resist the urge to call this garlic-hummus. Hummus is made with chickpeas only. Add anything else and it's no longer hummus. We're calling this a spread. S P R E A D.
  • Preheat an oven to 320° F/ 160° C.
  • Spread the individual unpeeled garlic cloves from 3 bulbs of garlic in an even layer in an oven proof dish. Coat evenly in olive oil and salt generously.
  • Roast the garlic cloves until they have gone soft and squishy but are not burned, in my oven this takes about 30-45 minutes.
  • Peel or smoosh the garlic gunk out of its skin.
  • Blitz the roast garlic cloves into the hummus that will no longer be a hummus alongside the other ingredients mentioned in step 7.


This hummus will keep in the fridge in a closed container for 2 to 3 days. 
Keyword chickpeas, dips, hummus, humus, lucky peach, miso, spreads

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Butternut Squash with Chipotle Crema

I should have googled what piquillos were before I made this. Because I ended up making this butternut squash piquillo crema recipe from Lucky Peach presents Power Vegetables with a tin of chipotles in adobo instead.

What’s the difference between piquillos and chipotles in adobo?

Everything basically Piquillos and chipotle in adobo are very much not the same thing. At all.

The latter is mad spicy, the former? Not so much. Still it’s one of my favorite delicious mistakes. Since you can’t get piquillos as easily here, though I reckon sweet red peppers might do. Still, I’ve found no other purpose for chipotle in adobo that I like as much as this.

That’s great but how do I eat this butternut squash?

I tend to eat this vegetarian butternut squash with chipotle crema with a good helping of pasta, though I’d imagine a warm bowl of rice will also do nicely.

I save the remainder of the garlic oil to roast potatoes, veggies, meats and fried eggs. Garlic all the things basically.

The book suggests you can have this as a side (I’m not sure with what though, maybe a good medium-rare steak or some expertly roast chicken) or as I have described above, with some pasta or rice as a comforting main. Even if you use the wrong sort of chili.

A bowl of roast butternut squash with chipotle crema surrounded by its main ingredients as well as a towel, grated cheese and some dried linguine

Butternut Squash with Chipotle Crema

Dorothy Porker
Vegetarian recipe for butternut squash and chipotle crema inspired by fucking up a recipe from Lucky Peach presents Power Vegetables.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main course, Side dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2


  • Oven
  • Small saucepan
  • Microwave proof bowl or cup
  • Large skillet or frying pan
  • Oven tray and parchment or an ovenproof dish
  • Blender


  • 4 cloves garlic Peeled
  • 2 c - 500 ml olive oil roughly, see recipe
  • 1 c - 250 ml creme fraîche
  • 1/4 c - 20 gr chipotle en adobo basically one chipotle with some adobo
  • 1 t - 5 gr salt
  • 1/2 butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 1 c - 80 gr Parmesan grated
  • 1/4 c - 20 gr coriander roughly chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 200° C/ 400° F.
  • Confit 4 cloves of peeled garlic by placing them in a small saucepan and covering it in olive oil until it starts to float. Place it on a low heat, bring to a simmer and then turn down the heat as low as possible, leaving it for 20 minutes.
  • Toss the cubes of half a butternut squash in a the garlic oil. You want to lightly coat the cubes, salt and then roast them in an even layer for about 30 minutes on a baking tray lined with parchment or in an ovenproof dish. Toss halfway through.
  • Warm 1/4 c - 250 ml of creme fraîche in a microwave proof bowl in the microwave at low for 1 minute. Pour into a blender with 1/4 c - 20 gr of chipotle en adobo, 4 cloves of confit garlic and 1 tsp - 5 gr of salt and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the crema into a large skillet set over a low heat, add the roasted squash and toss to combine. Stir in 1/2 c - 40 gr of cheese until melted. Serve topped with the remainder of the cheese and the cilantro.


Store any leftover garlic oil in an airtight container and use to roast potatoes, veggies, meats, fried eggs, whatever tickles your pickle. It will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. 
Keyword chipotle en adobo, lucky peach, Mexican food, pasta sauce, peter meehan, power vegetables, side dish, side dishes

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