A popular dip from the Mediterranean, hummus is the life and soul of every Mezze platter or pita platter. The Egyptian native is made from cooked mashed chickpeas – and occasionally using other varieties of beans – blended with lime juice, olive oil, garlic, and tahini. A healthy dip to snack on with baked pita bread or chips; hummus can also be tweaked in a number of ways. One variant, for example, is the red pepper hummus.
This spicier version of the classic bland dip is a great recipe for the spice-loving folk. You can throw in roasted red pepper flakes or even fresh mashed whole red peppers depending on the flavour you want. Follow this recipe to make a delicious red pepper hummus with crushed red pepper.
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Red Pepper Hummus Recipe
On a cutting board, mash the garlic cloves with 1/4 teaspoon of salt to a smooth paste with the side of a knife, then add this to the processor along with the chickpeas, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper, tahini, water, 4 tablespoons of the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, cumin, and pepper and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
Taste and adjust the seasoning by adding salt and additional lemon juice, if necessary, to taste.
Transfer to a wide shallow bowl for serving and use the back of a serving spoon to form a well in the center of the hummus. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle the top with the parsley, and paprika.
Serve at room temperature, with pita chips for dipping.