Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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I can’t handle how good this hummus is! I used to think that I hated hummus…until I started making it myself and now I LOVE HUMMUS! I can’t quite put my finger on what I don’t like about store bought hummus.. maybe the garlic is too strong or I miss the flavor of fresh lemon juice (no offense citric acid) or just generally the flavor is “too much” or “not enough.” Enter, homemade hummus, where you have control and it’s fresh and delicious and perfect!

This is my fave recipe! You can leave out the red pepper if you want plain hummus or mix it up and add whatever you might like – herbs, nuts, extra garlic – you can have it your way!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chick peas, rinsed & drained, shelled (if desired – this makes it more smooth)
  • 1-2 red bell peppers (the more the merrier in my book – like 1 1/2 is perfect but 1 pepper to 1 can chick peas is also good way to think about it)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice – about 1-2 lemons (more to taste)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (your preference)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  • warm water (as needed to help consistency.

 

Directions

  1. Prepare chick peas. I recommend removing the shells because the consistency always turns out more smooth, but it would still be delicious if you skipped this step
  2. Place oven rack about 6 inches from top of oven. Turn on broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil. Quarter red bell pepper and remove the seeds. You will want to cut the top and the ends off of the pieces of bell pepper so they can lay flat on the baking sheet, skin side up (save those pieces for dipping later!). Place under the broiler for 5-8 minutes, checking often until the skin of the red bell peppers is charred. Once charred removed from oven and roll the foil up into a packet that will create steam to help the skin be easier to remove. Set aside.
  3. Add tahini and lemon juice to a food processor. Cream together for 30 sec to 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Add garlic, oil, cumin, and salt. Pulse mixture until garlic completely chopped and everything incorporated about 1 minute. Again, scrape down the sides as needed.
  5. Now you will add half of the chick peas. Process on Highfor about 1 minute. Then add the rest of the chick peas plus 1-2 Tbs warm water. Process on High adding more water (a little at a time) until the mixture is a smooth consistency. If you are leaving the hummus plain you may want to add a little more water than if you are adding red peppers because the red pepper will add moisture.
  6. Open your steam packet and remove the charred skin from the red bell pepper, this should be fairly easy to remove.
  7. Last, add red pepper to the food processor and process on high until completely incorporated. You can save a little roasted red pepper to chop and place on top if you prefer (as pictured above). Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if desired!
  8. Enjoy with chopped veggies and pita chips or on sandwiches and wraps!

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