Wednesday, September 1, 2010

::Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus::

Hum what? Alot of people haven't heard of hummus or have never tried it before. If you are like me and like [love] dips, then you should definitly try hummus. The one thing that strays me away from buying hummus is the price. This was my first time making hummus and I now know why it is rather spendy (to buy in the store anyways). One of the ingredients in hummus is tahini (a sesame seed paste) and the jar that I bought was about $10.00. Even though the tahini is expensive, this recipe only calls for 1 1/2 tablespoons, so it can last awhile...just gives them an excuse to jack up the price, right?! This recipe has a little hint of 'sweet' but is perfectly complimented by a little kick! If you aren't into spicy things, please don't stray away, it isn't too spicy! Oh, wait, still not sure what hummus is? Well, it's a dip (for chips, crackers, veggies) with the main ingredient being garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas). Hummus comes in many flavors; plain, garlic, and roasted red pepper to name a few. So, besides being super tastey and easy to make; making this at home is definitly a cost saver compared to buying it in the store. Enjoy!

(This recipe came from All Recipes)

::Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus::

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 (4 ounce) jar roasted red peppers
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

In an electric blender or food processor, puree the chickpeas, red peppers, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Process, using long pulses, until the mixture is fairly smooth, and slightly fluffy. Make sure to scrape the mixture off the sides of the food processor or blender in between pulses. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (The hummus can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated. Return to room temperature before serving.)

Stars of the show.

Food processor; definitly reccomend it!

 Chickpeas...garbanzo beans

 The ingredient that addes a little sweetness to the mix!

Lemon juice!

Tahini. Kinda' fun to say, right? I found this in the "Organic Foods" isle located by the peanut butter.

I stirred it around a little bit because when it sits it gets watery on the top.

Starting to add to the processor! You just add everything at once and blend; super simple!

Tahini in the mix. Check!

Garlic of course! Only 1 clove.

To take the "skin" off. Take the knife and lay it on its side over the garlic and hit down with your hand. The skin will then be easy to remove.

Then, choppy choppy.

Turn up the heat ya'll.

Almost all the ingredients in.


Everything in yet?....

....Sure is...then puree away!

Done and ready to eat! Better if it sits awhile so the flavors can come together more and be BFFs!

I paired it with the Great Value Brand Baked Vegetable Crackers from good ol' Wal Mart.

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