Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

About two years ago I bought a container of hummus and instantly loved the taste. On most occasions I pair the roasted red pepper hummus with pretzels or green peppers. In an attempt to make my own I bought most of the ingredients about 2 months ago and set out to make hummus. Sadly I failed at making the tasteful treat. Partially because I didn’t follow directions as thorough as I should have, partially because I found (today) that I was missing the key ingredient I was used to tasting – roasted red pepper.

Wednesdays are my nights for American Idol so I chose to stop at the grocery store before heading home to buy a jar of Roasted Red Pepper and use up the other can of chickpeas I had in the cupboard.

Here’s what the jar of peppers looks like:

The next step – finding a recipe simple and high in ratings. For that I turned to, a trusted site for many of my concoctions. If you are interested in viewing the original recipe click here, otherwise look below for the ingredients you will need. I also found a recipe for homemade tahini because I didn’t have any.

  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup tahini*
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers

*Homemade Tahini Recipe, altered. (Original recipe found here)

  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, about 1 tablespoon

Directions for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:
First step is to make the homemade tahini if you haven’t purchased from store:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Spread the sesame seeds on a shallow baking tray and bake, shaking frequently, until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes (Note: Do not brown).

Let cool.
Put the sesame seeds in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade.

Add extra virgin oil and p rocess to a smooth paste, about 5 minutes.

Add more oil if necessary, to bring the paste to a thick pouring consistency.

That was probably the most difficult part about making the hummus which really wasn’t too difficult!

Add garlic, garbanzo beans and lemon juice to tahini. Process until the mixture is smooth.

Add roasted peppers; process until the peppers are finely chopped. Season with salt and pepper (optional).

Transfer hummus to bowl, cover and chill until you are ready to serve.

Enjoy with fresh veggies, pita bread, crackers or pretzels!


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