Roasted red pepper hummus is a perfect blend of tangy and creamy flavors. It is a fantastic appetizer that can be enjoyed with pita bread or veggies. This hummus is a healthy and flavorful snack that is incredibly easy to make. In this recipe, I will share my personal experience of making roasted red pepper hummus, along with a step-by-step guide to making it yourself.
As someone who loves snacking on hummus, I decided to try making roasted red pepper hummus at home. I gathered all the ingredients I needed, including chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, roasted red peppers, cumin, salt, and pepper.
The roasted red pepper hummus was a hit and disappeared quickly at my gathering. I stored the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, simply stirring it before serving. Overall, making homemade roasted red pepper hummus was easy and delicious, and I will definitely be making it again in the future.
- 1 can of chickpeas (15 oz)
- ¼ cup of tahini
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- ½ cup of roasted red peppers
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
SHOULD YOU USE JARRED OR FRESHLY ROASTED RED PEPPERS?
Both jarred and freshly roasted red peppers can be used in this recipe, but they will give slightly different flavors to the hummus.
If you use jarred roasted red peppers, they will have a softer texture and a slightly sweeter flavor. They are also more convenient to use since they are already peeled and ready to go. On the other hand, if you roast your own red peppers, you can control the degree of charring and smokiness, which will give your hummus a deeper and more complex flavor.
Ultimately, the choice between jarred or freshly roasted red peppers depends on personal preference and convenience. If you have the time and inclination, roasting your own red peppers will give the best results. If you're short on time or don't want to bother with roasting, jarred red peppers will still make a delicious hummus.
How to make Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:
- Drain the chickpeas and rinse them thoroughly.
- In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Process the mixture until it becomes smooth.
- Add the roasted red peppers and olive oil to the food processor and blend until the mixture is well combined.
- If the hummus is too thick, add some water, one tablespoon at a time, until you achieve your desired consistency.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, and pulse the mixture a few times to combine.
How to Store:
- Transfer the hummus to an airtight container.
- Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top to create a seal and prevent the hummus from drying out.
- Store the container in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.
It's important to note that homemade hummus doesn't contain preservatives, so it's best to consume it within a week. If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as a sour smell or mold growth, discard it immediately.
How to Freeze:
- Transfer the hummus to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag.
- Press out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
- Label the container or bag with the date and contents.
- Freeze the hummus for up to 3 months.
To thaw frozen hummus, simply transfer it to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. You may notice that the texture of the hummus has changed slightly after freezing, but a quick stir should help to restore its smooth consistency.
Can I use dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas?
Yes, you can. Soak the dried chickpeas overnight and boil them until they are soft before using them in this recipe.
Can I substitute the roasted red peppers with fresh red peppers?
Yes, you can. Roasting the red peppers will give the hummus a smoky flavor, but if you prefer fresh red peppers, you can use them instead.
Is tahini necessary for this recipe?
Yes, tahini is an essential ingredient in hummus, and it gives the dip its signature nutty flavor. If you don't have tahini, you can substitute it with peanut butter or almond butter. However, the flavor of the hummus will be different.
Roasted red pepper hummus is an easy and delicious snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make a healthy and flavorful dip that your friends and family will love. So why not give this recipe a try and see for yourself how easy it is to make?