Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hummus. Hmmmmm. Not really anything I've ever wanted to try. But it seems, lately, that every month one of my magazines is featuring hummus. I read cooking magazines (Rachael Ray, Bon Appetit), fashion magazines (Glamour, Cosmo) and health magazines (Oxygen, Self), and they've all had a hummus recipe in the last couple of months.

So last weekend I was in Vegas for a wedding. I drove 4 hours round trip for a 5 minute wedding. So I decided to treat myself to a trip to Whole Foods for a snack for the trip home. Can I tell you how much I love Whole Foods. If you've never been, I can only describe it as Disneyland for foodies. Good lord it's expensive, but it is fun, fun, fun!

So I'm wandering around the store, lusting the 120 types of cheese, the 30 kinds of olives, the organic produce, when I happen upon the hummus section. I thought how bad can it be, and bought 3 kinds of hummus: roasted red pepper, artichoke and olive, and garlic. Got me some toasted pita chips and a peach lemonade, and after $22 at the register, hit the road.

Oh My God, I was in love. No wonder they've been featuring this stuff in the magazines. Tasty and healthy! I didn't know that was possible. Brought home what little was left and shared with the hubby. Even he liked it!

So, today, after a town wide search for the ingredients (Note to Self: Tahini is NOT available at WalMart). I made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Baked Pita Chips. Don't listen the the naysayers who don't like will be hooked if you try it.

For the baked pita chips, I cut the pita's into 8th, separated them, placed them on a baking sheet and sprayed them with olive oil spray, then seasoned with whatever I had on hand. Sea Salt and Parmesan. Spicy Seasoning Salt. Garlic. Baked 12-13 minutes at 350. YUMMY!

For the hummus, I dumped the following in the food processor:
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 jar roasted red peppers, drained
3 whole cloves garlic
2 heaping tablespoons Tahini (try the health food store!)
1/4 cup olive oil

Blend until smooth. Chill and serve with the pita chips. You can thank me later.


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