My obsession with hummus started at a very young age. My parents would bring my sister and I out to dinner at a local spot in our hometown and we would always order it as an appetizer. I loved the flavor, texture and the pita that went along with it, plus they always put 1 kalamata olive right in the center; which looked so nice.
For years I bought hummus at the grocery store and would jazz it up with some of my own fresh ingredients. Then I realized just how easy, affordable and healthy it is to make your own so I tried and it came out so good, now I want to share it with you. There is something very special about being in control of your own ingredients and not having to worry about all of the preservatives that you can’t pronounce in many of processed foods that we buy. So here it is, the best roasted red pepper hummus recipe….
1 tablespoon of Tahini
1 (fresh if possible) roasted red pepper, wash off the vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
Couple shakes of your favorite hot sauce
1 large clove of grated garlic
1 can of chick peas (rinsed and drained)
Sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste
Handful of chopped fresh cilantro or parsley-your choice
Extra virgin olive oil (as much as you need to combine everything smoothly)
Optional: Kalamata olives & Feta Cheese
In a food processor (small one if you have it) combine the ingredients with liquids on the bottom. This order is best: tahini, hot sauce, roasted red peppers, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro or parsley and then the chick peas. On low speed stream the olive oil in as the ingredients combine and become creamy. Scrape into a serving bowl, top with a few olives and feta cheese for extra flavor and refrigerate for a few hours. Serve with my homemade low fat healthy pita chips. This appetizer is perfect for game day or an elegant party and your friends will be impressed that you made it yourself.