This appetizer is a nice change from the same old dips. It’s also super healthy and great for dieters. I’ve even heard some wedding planners say it’s sophisticated enough for the cocktail hour at wedding receptions. Who knew?
This goes together very quickly; just throw everything in the blender, a few pulses and you’re done! You need to chill it at least an hour to let the flavors blend. It keeps up to 3 days in the fridge, so you can easily make it the night before. You can even keep the ingredients on hand for whenever you have an unexpected get-together.
You’ve got all the nutrition of the garbanzo beans just like in regular hummus, but then you add the concentrated vitamin C (and flavor!) of the red pepper. Be sure to sprinkle the top with something green for contrast. Chopped parsley, chives, cilantro, for example, all work well.
Serve with warm pita bread quarters, tortilla chips, whole grain crackers, toasted French bread, or crostini. All yummy.
From the reviews:
“I am not a big fan of hummus but this recipe was great! I made this for my boyfriend who loves hummus, this was the best he ever had.”
“This recipe is excellent. I roasted my own peppers (To do this, place pepper directly on the burner over a medium flame until skin is blackened on all sides, toss in ice water, remove skin, and voila! roasted red pepper) Soooo good! and much cheaper than store bought.”
“This is my favorite hummus recipe. It’s easy to make, very inexpensive and I can adjust the garlic and cayenne pepper to suit my taste . . . It’s not as high fat/high calorie as some other hummus recipes. The color is really pretty too.”
“The only thing I did differently was to add in some light olive oil as I was blending in the proccesor. (Made the mixture smoother, and it came together better.) Thanks.”
If you add the olive oil don’t add too much. Olive oil does add some fat, after all, but it is the healthy kind so it’s ok. With the garbanzo beans, red bell pepper, tahini (sesame seed paste) and olive oil you have a super appetizer made with “super foods.” So you don’t need to feel guilty with this one. It’s so healthy and has so much protein and vitamins you could even use it as a meal with whole grain (more super foods) dippers. I know it’s not exactly a traditional meal, but for nights when you won’t have time to cook, this could work. Just make it the night before & you’re good to go.
Click here for the recipe at AllRecipes.
Click on the label “hummus” below for more hummus recipes. Click on the label “crostini” for recipes for some great dippers.