Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Roaster red pepper hummus

A staple food in our kitchen is hummus. I have made a bunch of different hummus recipes. Some were to pungent, and some were rather flavorless. This hummus with the addition of roasted red peppers had a really nice flavor, without being overly strong. Its a great recipe to make for a healthy lunch on crackers or pita chips. It is also a great thing to bring to party's as an appetizer. All you do is put everything in the food processor and whirl it all together. Very simple.The lemon juice gives it a nice brightness, off setting the garlic. I used jarred roasted red peppers because it was easy and convenient. If you want to roast your own peppers, by all means go for it! But I wanted to avoid a kitchen hazard which always seems to happen when I'm near an open flame lol. ;) Many hummus recipes call for tahini. I don't use it because I think it smells funky, so I just substitute it for a couple of tablespoons of sesame seeds. This makes a very yummy lunch!

Roasted Red pepper Hummus
Inspired my Emeril Lagasses recipe

3 cups drained cooked chickpeas (I used canned chickpeas)
1 roasted red bell pepper, skinned, seeded, and coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2-3 tbs sesame seeds. plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons water
4 to 6 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves opt. for garnish
Paprika for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika, sesame seeds, and/or parsley.


Kevin said...

Roasted red pepper hummus is one of my favorites. Nice presentation with the swirls and sesame seeds.

Psychgrad said...

Yum - this looks really good! I've been thinking about making hummus for a while now. I'll start off with normal hummus and then graduate to red pepper hummus.

Kitt said...

Looks great! And so easy. Thanks!

Peter M said...

Well now, it looks like the young lady has some good taste...move over I'm dipping in!

Michelle Ann said...

Oh I LOVE hummus. I always put extra lemon and kalamata olives. Hummus is the best!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love a good hummus. Never thought of making it with roasted red pepper, though. Sounds yummy!

My daughter wants to hug your bunny.

Deb Schiff said...

Hummus is one of my staples, too. I noticed that when I use my immersion blender instead of my food processor it gets infinitely smoother.

Also, I use pureed white beans to replace fat in some recipes. Works like a charm and sneaks in protein and fiber!

Really love your animal photos and the turtle bread.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

cookies baker lynn- yeah, Benny is a soft little bunny : )

Deb schiff- I should really buy an immersion blender! That using white beans sounds like a great idea!

noble pig said...

Looks great, I love red pepper hummus. The seeds are a nice added touch.

Bellini Valli said...

We LOVE hummus around here:D

daphne said...

yum! I love hummus. better still that it is roasted red pepper! It's healthier than other dips too.

cook eat FRET said...

i'm a hummus fanatic
i love the stuff so much
excellent recipe

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

I made hummus last night and threw in some roasted red bell pepper and everyone loved it! Thanks for the great idea.

didally said...

This is good stuff. Both hummus and roasted red peppers are my favorite. I should go hunting for canned chickpeas soon.