You know when you were a kid and you wanted something so bad for your birthday or Christmas you would drop hints to your parents (or maybe just flat out tell them) of things you wanted. And then when you get older and are in a relationship do the same thing with your spouse or significant other, just hoping they listened? Well of course I do that with Eric (my boyfriend). One thing that I have been dropping hints about was a food processor. I would say things like “I could make this recipe if only I had a food processor” or “I know you love pesto sauce and I could make it for you from scratch if only I had a food processor” and “Man I wish I had a food processor to make homemade hummus and then blog about it.”
So with my birthday coming up next month and then Christmas right around the corner from then, I was hoping that I would get a food processor (since I gave such great hints).
So last Friday I was having a pretty rotten day at work and when I got off Eric said he had a surprise for me; and low and be hold it was a food processor! I was so excited, I told him he could have waited for my birthday of Christmas and he said no that I had waited long enough. “Plus he added “now you can make pesto, and hummus and any other recipe your heart desires” (Awww).
Since then, we have made hummus 4 times (that’s 4 times in less than a week people). Wait, let me rephrase that, Eric and I made hummus together once and HE has made it all the other times himself. Was this secretly a gift for Eric? Or Maybe we just LOVE hummus that much! We have made a total of 3 different types. I am just posting one of the hummus recipes now and will have to do the others on a later date. (Because with less than a month until my birthday and less than two months til Christmas I have to start dropping hints to something else I want… maybe a Kitchen Aide Mixer or Bread Maker or a trip somewhere…)
Now, Eric only bought me a small food processor (the box says 3 cups) so the recipe below is to fit a food processor that size (you could always just double it if you have a bigger machine). But still, the two cups this recipe makes is way more than any package you can buy in the store only cost about a buck to make and you can’t beat that!
Red Bell Pepper Hummus
my own concoction
1 (14.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves garlic 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin (may add more to taste)
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place whole garlic cloves and sliced red bell pepper on baking sheet and place under broiler and roast for approximately 3 minutes. Combine all ingredients, except water and olive oil, in a blender or food processor. Pulse until mixture becomes somewhat smooth and combined, but do not over mix. Add water as necessary to facilitate blending. At the end, add olive oil and pulse, just to incorporate.
Pour mixture into a bowl and stir to ensure mixture is combined. Serve immediately or refrigerate for 3-4 days in the fridge. (I promise you that this hummus tastes so good it will not last that long!)