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Hearty Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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It’s difficult to find a hummus in the store that isn’t saturated with oil, so I opt to make my own. This recipe is delicious as a sandwich spread or as a dip for veggies, crackers, and pita chips.

“Hearty” Red Pepper Hummus

15 oz. can Garbanzo beans or 2 Cups cooked Garbanzos

1 Red bell pepper, roasted and peeled

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (1 Tablespoon dried)

Garlic Salt to taste

Puree all ingredients until well blended. Serve immediately, or transfer hummus to air-tight container and chill for up to one week.

 

The first step towards delicious hummus is roasting the red pepper. Line a pan with tin foil so you don’t have to get the steel brush out to clean it afterwards. Cut the bell pepper in half, lengthwise, and remove all the seeds. Place the bell pepper halves on the lined sheet, open side down. Roast the pepper at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until it starts to blacken and blister.

Red Pepper roasted

While the pepper is roasting, combine the, garbanzo beans, parsley, lemon juice and garlic salt in a mixing bowl. I have lots of dried garbanzo beans (A.K.A. chickpeas) in my food storage, and I always have some cooked up, sitting in a Tupperware in the fridge. Using canned garbanzo beans is just fine as well. It’s just always less expensive to cook your own.

Once the red pepper is roasted , peel the blackened skin off the pepper and cut the pepper in slices.

Red pepper roasted, peeled

Add the pepper to the bean mixture.

Red Pepper Hummus 1

Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture into a thick hummus.  You could also throw all of this into a blender and make it that way.

Red Pepper Hummus 2

You can eat this immediately. However, I suggest you transfer the hummus to an air-tight container and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. This allows the flavors to blend.

hummus and veggie snack