Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Red Pepper Hummus

Here's another of the recipes I promised you. Are you a hummus lover? 

(You know, one of these days, I am going to learn how to take a better photo.  This photo does NO justice to my beautiful red pepper hummus - trust me! I even served it in one of my cute fish bowls!)

I love dips. I love dunking. I love snacking. I love appetizers. I love to eat snacks between meals. I also love hummus. Here is a red pepper version. If you have never made hummus at home, I totally encourage you to give it a try! Easy and better than store bought. Cheaper, too!

I am from the metro Detroit area, so I have eaten lots of excellent Middle Eastern food in my life. I just love it. If you happen to be in Detroit, you MUST eat at Steve’s Back Room on the east side - world’s best hummus. I don’t know how they do it. Olive oil, I’m guessing. There’s also a great place in Old Town in Chicago called Old Jerusalem.  I once (or twice) ate the BEST Chicken Shawarma of my life there. The pastries are excellent too! Off the top of my head I can recall great Middle Eastern meals in Washington DC and Ypsilanti also….. I choose it whenever I can. Unfortunately for me, no Middle Eastern restaurants close to where I currently live, so I gotta make my hummus at home. Gladly!

Here’s what you need:
2 large cloves garlic
15 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
1/3 C tahini
1/3 C lemon juice
½ C roasted red peppers from jar, drained and chopped

Here’s what you do:
Using a food processor, set it on high and drop the garlic cloves in while the blade is going. This is a perfect way to mince garlic. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Thin with water if you want it a little thinner. Serve with veggies, chips or these excellent spicy pita triangles


  1. I LOVE hummus and was just contemplating what type to make next.

    I, much like you, love a good dip :)

  2. All of my boys adore hummus. I bet they would love this version. Have a great afternoon, Tracy!

  3. I am a hummus fan - I like it with roasted red peppers, too - and, lots of garlic! Yum!

  4. Sometimes I can't believe that I have never bought a jar of roasted red peppers! This recipe is the perfect inspiration to finally learn how to use that ingredient. Thanks! :-)

  5. I have never made hummus but I love red peppers so I might just try it!! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. @Bev - I also love to use jarred red peppers, chopped up in my burritos. So good!

  7. Hummus is so delicious - everyone in my family likes it - how often can you say that!!! yours looks lovely and I love that you add red peppers - more goodness and more flavor!
    Mary x


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