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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

What can I say about hummus? I can say that some people spell it hummous! I know that here, we don't spell it with the "ous", but now that I've typed hummus, it looks funny. It looks wrong even though I know it's perfectly fine to spell it that way.

I can also say that no matter how you spell it, it's goooood. It's addictive, isn't it? And if you've never tried it, you're missing out! I'll bet you're thinking "Sure, Elle. I'll just put my shoes and jacket on (unless you are where it's warm, then forget the jacket) and go get some. Because you told me to."

Surprise! You don't have to! You can make it right at home with a few simple ingredients that I'll bet most of you already have on hand. And if you don't, I'm sorry. You're gonna miss out. Until you go shopping and remember that I suggested you get these things. You won't be sorry! Unless you make it and hate it. In that case, you never read this post and you never heard it from me. *innocently whistling*

Seriously, hummus (ous) is so easy to make. It takes maybe 5 minutes. You can use a food processor or a blender, but honestly, a processor is easier. But I have made this in a blender, before I had a shiny, powerful KitchenAid. Either way, it's still easy, you just have to open the blender occasionally and poke the stuff around to get it all blended.

This is great with corn chips. I can seriously pig out on a bowl of hummus and a pile o' chips. Oink. But my absolute favorite way to have this hummus is with Fresh Summer Salad, little chunks of feta, and pita bread wedges. Talk about oink! It's like nachos, only not bad for you! Well, I suppose if you eat too much, you may feel a bit queasy, but man, it's hard to stop. So good!

Oh, a side note: hummus is usually made with tahini, a sesame seed paste. I always used it, and after a while, ended up throwing a lot of it out, because you use such a small amount to make hummus. I was never sure how long it lasted after opening, and really, no one wants to poison their family and friends, do they? (I'm sure someone can tell me how long it lasts!) So I started using sesame oil instead. I always have that on hand, and I use it all the time. I substitute the same amount of oil instead of tahini. It works fine and tastes great.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

  • 1 (15 ounces) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1 (6 ounces) jar roasted red peppers
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbs tahini or toasted sesame oil, either is fine
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • splash of lime juice, to taste

  1. Put all of your ingredients in a food processor or blender, and pulse or blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
It doesn't get any easier than that!

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Kevin said...

Roasted red pepper hummus is so good! It is one of my favorite way of making hummus. Yours looks really good with its nice red colour.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That hummus looks great and tasty! I love that kind of dip!



Elle said...

Kevin, thanks! It is actually a much brighter color, but it was tough to get it to show up in the pics.

Rosa, thank you! And tanks for stopping by!

April said...

We moved to CT from FL a few months ago and I recently found your blog and have enjoyed reading it! Thanks so much for the tip on using sesame oil instead of tahini. I've been wanting to make my own hummus for a while now (we are addicted!) and I'll give this a try. :o)

Elle said...

April, thank you so much--I'm happy that you enjoy reading my blog. Hummus is so easy to make, and so much better than store bought! We're addicted, too, lol.

Pixie said...

I thought making roasted red pepper would involve actually roasting whole peppers yourself- I'm so glad it doesn't! Great idea of substituting it with oil; I also heard you can use peanut butter instead- worked for me when I made babaganoush.

Elle said...

pixie--while I hear that roasting your own peppers is a cinch, that's something I have yet to do. Seems complicated, even though I know it isn't. I'm lazy that way, hahaha!

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm... I love, love, love hummus. Pass a pita this way!

Grace said...

hummus rocks my world and i love roasted red peppers.
this combination would probably send me over the edge into delirium.
i'll go gladly--it'd be worth it. :)

Elle said...

Grace--it IS worth it!

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