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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus Assortment

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 

Hummus originated in the Middle East and is traditionally made with ground chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), tahini (a sesame seed paste, similar in texture to peanut butter) and other seasonings such as garlic and lemon juice.   It’s a great source of protein and fiber, and it makes a tasty snack.  I like to serve an assortment of hummus flavors, using my basic hummus as the base, including this version with roasted red peppers and feta cheese and another version with spinach and feta cheese.  

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
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Recipe type: Snack, Appetizer
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Serves: 2-4
 
Add some color and flavor to your basic hummus with this roasted red pepper and feta hummus.
Ingredients
Basic Hummus
  • 3¾ -4 cups cooked garbanzo beans {or 3 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed}
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, to taste
  • 1½ tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 - 1½ cups water
  • 1½ -2 tsp tahini
  • 4-6 roasted garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil, optional
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • 1 cup hummus
  • 1 Tbsp roasted red peppers
  • 1 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
Basic Hummus
  1. Place 4 cups of dried garbanzo beans in a large pot and cover them with water.
  2. Put the lid on the pot and let the beans soak for 4 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Drain the beans once they are done soaking and discard the water.
  4. Cover the re-hydrated beans with water and let them simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes to an hour, until they are soft and tender but still hold their shape.
  5. Drain the beans and save the water to use when blending the hummus.
  6. Blend the beans with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or a food processor, until a smooth hummus forms.
  7. Adjust the amount of water added to reach the consistency that you like and season it to taste.
  8. If desired, drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top when you serve it.
Quick Version
  1. Pour the drained and rinsed garbanzo beans into a sauce pan and cover them with water.
  2. Heat them over medium heat and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes until the beans are tender.
  3. Drain the beans and reserve the water used in simmering the beans.
  4. Blend the beans with the rest of the ingredients in a blender or a food processor, until a smooth hummus forms.
  5. Adjust the amount of water added to reach the consistency that you like and season it to taste.
  6. If desired, drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top of the hummus before serving it.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  1. Chop the roasted red peppers and the feta cheese.
  2. Stir the finely chopped red pepper-feta mixture into the hummus or blend them together to make a smooth dip.
  3. Serve the hummus with pita bread and veggie sticks.

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