Raise your hand if you love hummus!
I do, I do!
I have three cousins under the age of four. At family gatherings we (the adults) always say “Raise your hand if you want ice cream!” when it is time to eat. Of course then, all of the kids just want to eat ice cream instead of real food. I’ve learned two things from this:
1. The adults want the ice cream just as bad as the kids (especially me).
2. Make sure that if you say “Raise your hand if you want ice cream!”, there is actually ice cream to be had. If not, disaster may ensue.
Okay, what I’ve really learned is that maybe “Raise your hand if you want ice cream!” should be avoided before a meal. Maybe wait until after. Maybe before the meal say something like “Raise your hand if you want hummus and veggies!”
Now that just wouldn’t be as much fun, would it.
So, about the hummus! This is good. Simple. It can be made quickly. Some beans, oil, a pepper and spices. Served with veggies and crackers, this makes the perfect lunch or snack.
Sorry for the lack of photos today! The process is just so simple, there weren’t many photos to take. Throw everything into a food processor, press on, and done! So simple, but truly delicious!
1 large roasted red pepper
2 15-oz. cans of chickpeas
1 15-oz. can white beans
1/2 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
To roast the red pepper, preheat oven to 400*. Once the oven is preheated, place the red pepper on a baking sheet. Place a small amount of olive oil in your hands and rub it all over the red pepper. Once it is covered in oil, place the baking sheet in the oven. Roast the pepper for about 20 minutes, and then flip it and roast another 20 minutes. The skin should be charred when it is done roasting.
Remove it from the oven and completely cover it in aluminum foil. Let it sit under the foil for about 20 minutes. When you remove the foil, the pepper should be very soft and smaller in size. Peel the skin off (it should come off easily) and remove any seeds from the center of the pepper.
Place all beans and the pepper in a food processor. Pulse a few times to begin to break down the beans. Turn the processor on and begin to stream in the oil. As you stream the oil in, everything will begin to blend well and get very smooth. Add the seasoning and then blend until completely smooth.
Serve with veggies, crackers, pita or on sandwiches!