My first encounter with Hummus was when I watched the movie War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Tom Cruise picks up a wedge of pita and dips it into the Hummus, starts to eat it and then puts on an expression of disgust and horrid. The conversation goes something like this: Tom - “What is that?” and Dakota Fanning replies - “Hummus”, Tom – “Hummus?”, Dakota – “from the health food place, you said to order”, Tom – “I meant order food“.
And so I kept wondering what this horrible Hummus could have been, it evidently was healthy and so it probably was terrible. Then one day I noticed it at the grocery store and it didn’t look so horrible, actually it looked kinda good. I got some and tasted it and guess what….Tom Cruise was soooo wrong, Dakota Fanning was right on. I knew that little girl was so much wiser than her Dad.
Not only is Hummus delicious, it’s considered a relatively healthy food and as an added bonus it is super easy to make. Serve with Pita wedges, crackers, use as a dip with veggies or as a sandwich spread. Here is my Hummus version made with Roasted Red Bell Pepper, give it a shot.
1 – 15.5 oz can Garbanzo beans (Chickpeas)
2 oz fire roasted red bell pepper
1 tablespoon oil from jar of fire roasted bell pepper
3 tablespoon Tahini (Sesame paste)
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup water
Rinse off Garbanzo beans. In a blender or food processor puree all ingredients except water. Gradually add the water. Puree until desired consistency.
Source: My Danish Kitchen