Friday, 26 July 2013

Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus

Ingredients:

1 Can chick peas, or 1 cup of dry chick peas soaked in water over night
3 Cloves garlic
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions:

In a large food processor bowl, fitted with the spinning blade attachment, add the canned chick peas and about 1/3 of their canned juices. If you used dried chick peas add about 1/3-1/2 cups of the water from soaking. Add the garlic cloves and salt and pepper and lemon juice to the bowl. Pulse several times over the span of several minutes until a thick even consistency has been reached. The hummus is now ready to eat! keep it chilled until ready to serve.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients:

1 Can chick peas, or 1 cup of dry chick peas soaked in water over night
3 Cloves garlic
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Red pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Teaspoons paprika

Instructions:

Cut the pepper into thick strips and toss the strips in olive oil. Roast at 400°F for about 5-10 minutes. Keeping a careful eye on the peppers so they do not burn. You want to see a little bit of smoke and some blackened edges. In the large bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, add the roasted red pepper strips, garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice and chick peas. Once again if you used canned chick peas, add the chick peas and about 1/3 of their juice, or if you used dried chick peas add them and about 1/3 cup of the water they soaked in. Pulse everything several times over the course of several minutes, until a smooth consistency has been reached. Remove from food processor bowl and transfer to the dish you plan to serve the hummus in. Sprinkle the paprika over the top of the prepared hummus, and it is ready to go. Or keep the hummus chilled until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Notes:

Still experiencing a heat wave. So lets continue on with the tour of foods I like that do not need the oven.

Because that is all I have been cooking this week!

So we will start with the basic plain hummus recipe that I use all the time and then I will also explain how to perfectly roast a red pepper and add it into the hummus for a nice extra bit of flavor. I love to use red pepper hummus on chicken burgers in the summer, home made chicken burger on a bun with spinach and red pepper hummus is awesome on a hot summer day.

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