Roasted-Pepper Hummus

Hummus, the Middle Eastern spread made with pureed chickpeas, makes a tasty snack or appetizer. Roasted red peppers and roasted garlic enhance the nutty taste that comes from chickpeas. To save time, the garlic is roasted in the microwave oven.

Roasted-Pepper Hummus
Yield: about 3 cups Prep 10 mins Cook 3 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 16 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground cumin
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)
  • Pita wedges for serving

Make It

1. Cut the top off of the head of garlic, exposing the cloves. Place in a small microwave-safe bowl and drizzle with oil. Add 1 tablespoon water to the bowl, then cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, depending on size of garlic. Let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes, then uncover and squeeze soft cloves of garlic from papery skin.

2. In a food processor, combine garlic cloves, chickpeas, roasted peppers, lemon juice, tahini, hot pepper sauce, salt, cumin and 1/4 cup water. Process until very smooth and mixture has an even texture. Add more water for a creamier dip. Refrigerate until serving, then garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with pita wedges.

Note:

3. Tahini (sesame seed paste) is sold in supermarkets or health food stores near other Middle Eastern foods.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 114, Fat, total (g): 5, chol. (mg): , carb. (g): 14, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 4, sodium (mg): 273, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.