My house smells so absolutely amazing right now that I could eat it! Ummmm……but that’s not possible, right? I mean, I can’t eat my house, not that it doesn’t smell amazing. That’s what roasting a whole bulb of Garlic will do to me. Roasted Garlic is beyond delicious. It is ephemeral. A gift from the Universe. I LOVE roasted Garlic and Hummus and roasted Red Peppers, so I decided to combine them all in one fabulous bowl. Let me tell you, I have reached Nirvana! I could seriously eat the whole bowl of this with a spoon, or with crackers or veggies, or toasted Pita chips. Anyway I can get it in my mouth fast! I have always and forever loved Hummus, but making your own elevates it to the Nth degree. It adapts so well to just about anything you’d like to add. For me, it’s roasted Garlic and Red Peppers.
Come on, let’s build some Hummus! Here’s the essential ingredients.
Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 14 oz can Chick Peas-about 1 1/2 cups drained, reserve juice
- 4 roasted Garlic Cloves
- 1 Whole Roasted Red Pepper
- 1 Tsp Kosher Salt or 1/2 Tsp regular salt
- 1/4 Cup Tahini
- 2 TBSP Lemon Juice freshly squeezed is best
- 1 TBSP reserved Chick Pea liquid
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1/8 Tsp Hot Sauce like Tobasco
- 1 TSP olive oil to finish
- 10 pieces Pine Nuts to finish
- Get out a nice firm bulb of Garlic
- Lob off the top. About 1/4 of the bulb.
- Place the Garlic bulb on a sheet of aluminum foil big enough to wrap it up.
- Drizzle the Garlic bulb with the Olive Oil.
- Wrap it loosely in the foil and place the package in a small baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from the oven. It's delightfully golden in color and squeezably soft. Unwrap and set aside to cool. What roasted Garlic is leftover from the Hummus is fantastic rubbed onto a Baguette or mixed into mashed potatoes or even in an omelet. Set aside 4 cloves for the Hummus. Trust me on this. 4 cloves of roasted Garlic is sweet and and mild. Not nearly as strong as raw Garlic!
- In a food processor, put in the Chick Peas and the TBSP of reserved liquid.
- Squeeze the Lemon.
- Add the Lemon juice to the Chick Peas.
- Pour the Olive Oil into the food processor.
- Spoon in the Tahini.
- Add the Salt.
- Put in the whole roasted Red Pepper.
- Add the 4 roasted Garlic Cloves and the Hot Sauce.
- Put the lid on the food processor and let 'er rip! Process until the Hummus is pureed. It won't be entirely smooth.
- Spoon into a serving dish. Drizzle with the 1 TSP Olive Oil and sprinkle on the Pine Nuts. It's ready to serve with any Crudites of your liking or with crispy baked Pita chips. Or just use a spoon! Did I tell you I love this stuff? Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope your journey this weekend is satisfying and relaxing and full of delicious food! Journey on! Karen, TJG