Sunday, August 14, 2011

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus


I really can't see buying those little tubs of hummus, when it is so easy to make at home.  All  you need is canned chickpeas,  tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil...and a food processor.  I actually use my Vitamix blender, which is the perfect tool for making the most smooth hummus.  If you don't have a Vitamix, just use a food processor...a normal blender will not do the job.  But if you have ever thought of getting a Vitamix...I highly recommend it and use mine almost daily...and no I'm not being paid to say that...The only con is the $400 price tag.

Normally I make plain hummus, but the jar of roasted red pepper in the fridge was calling out to me...and it sure was tasty...and hummus is one of those snacks that I don't feel guilty after eating.


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
adapted from Emeril 20-40-60

2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained and coarsely chopped
3 large cloves garlic
1 & 1/2 tsp of salt, plus more to taste
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 cup tahini
1/2 cup water
4 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 tbs olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp oregano

In a the bowl of a food processor combine the chickpeas and roasted red pepper.  Using the side of a knife to mash the garlic cloves with 1/4 tsp of the salt to form a smooth paste.  Add to the food processor along with the crushed red pepper, tahini, water, lemon juice, olive oil, 1 & 1/4 tsp salt, cumin, and oregano.  Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.  Serve in a shallow bowl with a drizzle of olive olive oil and sprinkle with crushed red pepper.

Changing subjects...
The other day I got a surprise visit by the Fairy Hobmother from Appliances Online...Who gifted me a $50 Amazon gift card...Be sure to leave a comment on this post and my Fairy Hobmother might just come visit you too.

26 comments:

  1. I love, love, love hummus. I make a batch every couple of weeks and try to change the flavors each time. I like your addition of cumin in with the red peppers.

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  2. Iloves hummus! Thanks for this recipe.

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  3. I am guilty of buying the tubs of hummus instead of making it. It seems to be an impulse buy for me. I see it in the refrigerated section of the store and I start to crave it. Time for me to stock up on chickpeas! I hope the Fairy Hobmother comes to visit me!

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  4. Wow, not only is that a beautiful dish of hummus, it would taste wonderful too! I keep roasted red peppers in the freezer, I can't wait to make this.

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  5. I love hummus and always make my own in the UK. I am still looking for tahini here in France ! Diane

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  6. Your hummus looks delicious and the recipe sounds like one we'll be trying - I'll be roasting some red peppers soon. We don't eat it often, but it's always home made when we do.

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  7. I'm with you, Bo. Homemade hummus is the only way to go. I made it once with dried (reconstituted and cooked of course) soy beans and also once made it with ... wait for it ... hominy (out of a can). No tahini in France? And I thought they had everything! I wonder how hard it would be to make from scratch if you got ahold of sesame seeds?

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  8. I love, love, love hummus...Chris, however, is not a fan, so I tend to only get it when I go out to dinner with friends :) I really need to make my own.. you have proven just how simple it is!

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  9. i love hummus....can't wait to try it...

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  10. I like hummus but have never tried to make it. Sounds easy though and your looks great!

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  11. What is tahini and where can I find it in the store?

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  12. BTW - I can't tell you how many complements, requests to make and requests for the recipe I've received for your Greek Salad.

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  13. I love hummus, but I've never tried to make it. It does seem pretty simple, so I'll have to give it a shot.
    I've recently become addicted to hummus with pretzel crisps.

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  14. Red pepper hummus is my husband's favorite flavor. I'm a fan of the plain garlic flavors myself. I haven't made any in ages. Maybe next week I'll do that again. Thanks for the reminder. Your hummus looks delicious!

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  15. Can you believe it... I have never had hummus.

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  16. Congrats Bo well deserved surprise :)
    I enjoy red pepper hummus and love the way you served looks fabulous

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  17. Dear Bo, I totally agree! Why would you pay big money for store bought when it is so easy and soooo much healthier to make at home!! You control the ingredients and can alter the taste for whatever mood you are in. You can spice it up or sweeten it down. Well, anyway your hummus sounds delish!!! blessings, Your friend, Catherine

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  18. Stephen,
    I think it would be pretty easy to make.

    Sean,
    It's ground sesame seeds butter...might find it with international foods or close to peanut butter.

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  19. Looks and sounds divine, will try to make it as those tubs costs lots of money here and I am not a fan or preservaties, yummmeee for the tummy...mary jane at momanddad00@clear.net! Love your blog, always something yummy to read about and instructions are easy and the food looks great and I am sure tastes just as great!

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  20. You are so right about making this at home! Your photo is fab-u-lous!!!

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  21. i have never made hummus before and i never knew what hummus was made of :(. i know sadd!! but this looks alright...its got a bit of kick to it!

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  22. I feel the same way about making your own hummus, and besides...you can make it any way you want it! Yours looks so good, great photo! I like to add some white beans and sriracha when I am making it for a crowd! This one is so pretty I'll do this next time!

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  23. Hummus and tabouli are two of Alexis' favorites but I don't make it often. I need to make this version for her. Can I steal your Vitamix? ha ha

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  24. this is new to me, but it sound so yummy!

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