Friday, August 31, 2012

Sweet Fire Roasted Pepper Hummus

I saw this question posted on Yahoo Answers.

How to make hummus quickly?

For full disclosure (I sound like the people on the business channel), before this week I had never prepared hummus. Ate a lot of it...but never made it.

However after blending up a batch I did learn one thing about hummus...if you have a can of chickpeas AND a decent blender it's hard NOT to make it quickly.

Yeah, I'm sure there are some fancy over-the-top hummus recipes out there that take time and tender loving care to prepare. But if you're making it to dip pita bread, crackers, cut veggies or your finger into, it's truly a 5 minute cooking experience (10 minutes if you have a sucky blender).

The beauty of it (besides being super healthy) is the chickpeas have little flavor. It's a blank canvas that allows you to create whatever flavor of hummus you want! Cool!

For my first attempt I made this Sweet Fire Roasted Pepper Hummus. Sounds fancier than it really is (just don't tell your friends that if you make it for them).

I had a jar of sweet roasted red peppers that needed to be used so I blended them with the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil. The result is this fancy named recipe that tastes great with pita bread!

I've noticed many hummus recipes call for 2 cloves of garlic. I only used one for the simple reason that I only like a hint of garlic in the food I eat. If you're more in the "I love garlic" camp, you may want to add an extra clove.

What would I say about my first experience making homemade hummus?
  • Crazy easy to make
  • Super tasty
  • Fun to experiment with.
The hardest part is cleaning the blender.

Happy Homemade Hummus Making!

Sweet Fire Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Recipe Inspiration: Store bought red pepper hummus...not as good as the fresh stuff. 

Make this recipe with LESS effort!
  • Using jarred fire roasted peppers takes just about all the effort out of making this hummus!
Time it takes: 5 minutes to prepare 
Makes:  About 1 cup 

1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
½ cup jarred sweet fire roasted peppers
1 clove peeled garlic, roughly chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Splash of lemon juice
2 big pinches each salt and pepper

In a food processor or blender, combine chickpeas, peppers, garlic, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Serve with pita bread, cut vegetables, tortilla chips or whatever you like!

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  1. I love hummus. My husband thinks it tastes like soap. Can you imagine? You have my favorite ingredients in this hummus recipe. Roasted peppers are perfect!

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