Lightning Fast Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:
I’ve been making hummus for years. It is very easy and inexpensive to make a large batch and it tastes so fresh and good. I use the roasted red bell peppers in a jar that you find in the olives section in the grocery store as a cheat. Once you eat this you will never buy it in a store ever again. Use your imagination and create your own recipe. This recipe takes 2 minutes.
- 1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans (15 oz) (drained and rinsed but it’s optional to rinse them)
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (lime juice can be used too)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed to taste
- 1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (to taste) I use the peppers in a jar.
- Pinch of Paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For a kick, put a pinch of cayenne before processing.
I like to drain and rinse the beans because I don’t like the liquid in the can. In a food processor, put the garlic in and mince it or crush it by hand and add into the container. Then add the bell peppers and give 2-4 pulses. Now combine the rinsed beans, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil. Process it to the desired consistency. After putting it into a bowl for serving, dust it with a pinch of paprika. You can top with a little bit of chopped green onions or a small amount of roasted bell pepper.
Put it in a bowl on a plate, and surround it with vegetables and pita or flatbread. You will impress your friends and family with this fast and classic staple that will be the talk of any gathering. After eating this you will never buy store bought again! Enjoy!!!
Tips and Variations:
For garlic hummus, use 3-5 cloves of crushed garlic to taste instead of the roasted red bell peppers. You will knock the socks of your guests.
Use the Hummus instead of mayonnaise for a tangy treat in your sandwiches.
You can also go non traditional. Slice up a baguette or use any type of French bread if you don’t have pita bread. Slice it and crisp it in the oven to create a texture difference.
Use with any type of cracker. The hummus is an amazing addition do sandwich roll ups.
I’ve heard of some people using it on their eggs, and I have two friends who are addicted to using it on their hamburgers and dipping French fries in it! I’m not going to judge. Enjoy it the way you like it. Remember, use your imagination!