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.
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.