Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Did you know red peppers and green peppers come from the same plant? You just keep the green peppers on the vine a little bit long and they’ll turn red! Peppers are a part of the nightshade family. This means they usually grow overnight and they could be a concern to some individuals. With my addiction to red peppers and hummus, I had to combine the two.
Makes: 2 cups
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes (plus soaking and cooking time)
1 cup dry chickpeas/garbanzo beans or 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 red peppers
Juice of 1 lemon (3 tbsp)
¼ cup tahini paste
3 cloves garlic (add more or less depending on your taste)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp coarse sea salt
1 tsp cumin
1-2 tbsp water
- Place 1 cup of chickpeas in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for 8-24 hours until they double in size. (QUICK-SOAKING TRICK: bring chickpeas to a boil in a pot of water. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit in hot water, covered for 1 hour.)
- Drain and transfer to large pan and cover again with water. Bring water to a boil on medium-high.
- Boil for 1 minute, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for about 2 hours. The chickpeas should be tender!
While the chickpeas are cooking, turn the oven to broil. Place the oven rack 5 inches below the heat source. Slice the red peppers into quarters.
- Line a baking pan with tin foil then place peppers skin side up on the pan. Broil for 10-12 minutes until skin is blistered and black.
- Remove peppers from oven and put them into a plastic bag to steam for 10 minutes.
- Peel red pepper skin and dice.
- Process lemon juice and tahini for 1 minute in a food processor. Pause halfway through to scrape down sides.
Add garlic, 2 tbsp oil, salt and cumin.
- Process for another minute until no lumps remain.
- Drain chickpeas then add half the amount of chickpeas to the food processor. Blend for 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl after 30 seconds. Add the second half of the chickpeas and blend until smooth.
- Put the red peppers into the food processor and blend.
- Add water if hummus seems thick.