Like many people, I have been making hummus for years, and I never put too much thought into the ingredients: chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, salt, garlic, etc. Hummus, like pizza, is hard to screw up. But also like pizza, there is good and then there is gooooood. I first discovered hummus in 1989 while in school outside of London. We had a large Middle Eastern population, so hummus was frequently part of our cafeteria’s offerings. It was love at first taste for me!
Years ago, I started serving this every Friday night with homemade bread. Then I gained 20 pounds and tried to lay off the bread a bit. My husband and I would open a nice bottle of wine, sit in the living room, and exhale after a long week.
I like my hummus with a bit of a kick. I have tweaked this recipe over the years, and not to brag, but I am kind of famous for my hummus. It is not difficult, but the devil is in the details, and that’s what makes this hummus great.
Dawn’s Famous Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
1 can chick peas, 15.5 oz.
1/2 teaspoon iodized salt (not sea salt, not kosher salt)
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup roasted red peppers (approximately two big pieces)
A few very generous sprinkles of cayenne pepper or one hot pepper of your choosing
Juice of one lemon
Two heaping tablespoons of tahini
Two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Combine the first four ingredients for about one minute in food processor. Scrape sides, then slowly add lemon juice from top chute while food processor is running.
In a small cup or bowl, mix together tahini and olive oil until very well combined, about a minute. With food processor running, add the tahini mixture until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
Serve with bread, pita chips, or fresh vegetables if you want to be virtuous.