Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sweet & Spicy Red Pepper Hummus

Hummus: a beautiful, beautiful food. So easy to make, so deliciously satisfying. In the past decade, it has it become a staple in the grocery aisle, but only in the past 3 years has in been offered in a crazy array of flavors.

Malcolm Gladwell would suggest that this is only embracing human variability (see his TED talk on this subject here), but I know it to be marketing genius. I am embarrassed to admit that I have allowed this marketing to work on me, and occasionally treat myself to some Americanized version of this middle-eastern staple. In my own kitchen, I deviate from the conventional and find new and tasty flavors to add to my concoction.

This recipe makes a slightly sweet hummus with a kick. It is perfect on a sandwich stacked with roasted veggies, or eaten straight from the spoon (I won't tell if you won't).

Sweet & Spicy Red Pepper Hummus
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1 clove garlic
2 roasted piquillo peppers (or 1/2 roasted red bell pepper)
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili sauce (Sambal or Sriracha)
1 teaspoon salt
Cilantro to garnish (optional)


Place all ingredients in food processor until blended. If hummus is thick, add water for desired thickness, 1 tablespoon at a time. Taste hummus for salt & heat level, and adjust accordingly.

Serve in a shallow bowl and garnish with additional chili sauce and chopped fresh cilantro.



  1. i'm guilty. i have a hummus with roasted pine nuts in the fridge right now. and it's nice with carrots, but not super super tasty. i want to try your recipe soon! and the vinaigrette! i really love your blog, Ashley! i thought i commented the other night but i don't see it, so i obviously hallucinated the whole thing. oh, by the way, this is kristin k., the zen bistro girl. hope you're well, keep the posts coming, you are inspiring! let's get cocktails sometime, i have discovered some new dive-y local places with cheap strong drinks.

  2. I would loooooooooove to get cocktails! I am in serious need of some girl time. We should do it soon when you don't have rehearsal. I am free almost all the time and cheap, strong drinks sound perfect. Let me know when you are free, or I guess I could just ask Walter. :)

  3. i have some combination of rehearsal and work everyday, but we can still do this. also, i haven't been up to the farmers market in Ormond in months. are you planning on going this week?