Red Pepper Hummus

Who doesn’t love a good dip? Right? And rocking up at a party with something homemade is a sure-fire way to earn a few extra brownie points. Don’t be that guy who turns up with the giveaway ‘just stopped at the shops’ plastic bag and the packet of Samboy’s. Unless of course you were indeed asked to bring the Samboy’s, then, by all means…

Now before you get all wound up about how long homemade dips can take to make and having to buy a whole swag of ingredients that cost you a fortune, check out the teeny list of ingredients below. And yes, those are red peppers from a jar. No shame in that, carry on. So, with just a few ingredients and say, 10 minutes of your time, you can be the guy that made the extra effort, and put Samboy guy to shame.

You’ll need:

400g (1 can) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup roasted red peppers (from the jar, baby)
2 tbsp tahini (sesame paste, find it in the health food aisle)
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt & ground black pepper

Place the chickpeas, olive oil and garlic into a blender (I use my Magic Bullet) and pulse a couple of times. Add the peppers, tahini and lemon juice, season well with salt and pepper, then blitz until smooth. Serve with crispy pita bread, crackers, crudités etc. and be prepared to impress the crap out of your friends.   

Makes about 2 cups.

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