Friday night is usually DVD night here, and we normally try to pick something that we can watch as a family. But since our 8-year-old daughter was having a sleep-over at the neighbors’, we were able to watch something a little more adult. We chose Hustle & Flow, which we really liked. Terrence Howard’s performance was excellent.
Since we were planning to eat in front of the TV, I chose something simple: Spicy Red Pepper Hummus stuffed in whole wheat pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and a few calamata olives.
Spicy Red Pepper Hummus
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 3 cups (or 2 15-ounce cans) cooked chickpeas
- cooking liquid from the beans (or water)
- juice of 1/2-1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons tahini (omit if cutting fat)
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- Harrisa, or other hot pepper sauce, to taste*
- chipotle chili powder (optional)
- salt (to taste)
- 10 ounce jar of roasted red peppers
- Throw the garlic into a running food processor. Add the chickpeas and begin processing. Add the lemon juice and tahini. (I used half of a very large yet mild homegrown lemon. For regular lemons, I’d start with half, check the flavor, and add more if needed.) If needed, add 1/4 cup bean cooking liquid or water, just enough so that the chickpeas become a smooth paste. Add the cumin, the harrisa, chipotle powder, salt, and half of the roasted red peppers. Process until smooth. Taste for spiciness and add more harrisa as needed.
- Add the remaining roasted red peppers and pulse to coarsely chop. Enjoy as a dip or sandwich filling!
Preparation time: 10 minute(s) | Cooking time: 1 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
*Harrisa (also spelled harissa) is a Tunisian hot pepper sauce. I buy the Ziyad brand in a local Middle Eastern grocery store. If you can’t find harrisa, feel free to use any other spicy pepper sauce you have on hand. I started with a teaspoon of sauce and kept adding until it reached the spiciness we like, probably about 2 teaspoons. I also used about 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder just to increase the smoky flavor. Play with the seasonings and adjust them to your tastes.