I have a pretty awesome hummus story. Doesn’t have to do with Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus in particular, but I just have to share it.
So one day, I bought a hummus and went on home. I popped it in the fridge and never opened it. About a week later, I see a story trending on the internet about a recall of certain brand’s hummus. The way to determine if you had an affected one was dependent on the expiration date. I checked mine, and sure enough, it was a bad one. So I tossed it without evening thinking twice about it.
Mikey got home from work later on and I was casually mentioning it to him when he told me to check if there were any offers online for the inconvenience. I didn’t check, but he did and within a week, I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons in my mailbox. They sent two coupons for 2 tubs of free hummus!! I stashed them away in my glove compartment (why do I always think that’s a great idea? Sure they’re always with me, but I also always forget about them!) and went about my week. The following week was a get together that we were hosting. I was panicking because I didn’t plan ahead and now I didn’t have an appetizer.
So off to Publix I went. As I was getting there, I remembered my coupons! I was so excited since this right here was gonna be the appetizer! As I approach the hummus fridge, I see a tag that says buy one get one free. I almost just took two since I had two coupons for free hummus, but then I thought, “hey, maybe this is a real thing and I could leave here with four!”
So with a cautious smile, I approached the cashier and told her I had two manufacturer’s coupons. She told me I wouldn’t be able to take 4, it would just be two. I tried to reason with her, but she just said no. I almost put it back when I asked her, “would you mind trying?” She reluctantly agreed and to her (and my) surprise, IT WORKED! Guys, I walked out of Publix with 4 free tubs of hummus.
Let coupons work their magic folks!
I was so proud. But I forgot the pita chips. Cause that’s how I roll. hahahaha
Lesson learned: Always ask nicely & if they say no, try once again. It might work. But I’m sure Publix employee should don’t appreciate that advice. Hahaha
Well, after that forgotten appetizer incident, I told myself that wouldn’t happen to me again. I had to figure out what I could always have on hand that would be perfect for guests who stop in unexpectedly or a little get together. Truthfully, I didn’t really want to go for the typical chips and salsa. After opening the fridge and seeing my beloved container of my favorite brand of hummus, I knew that was it!
I searched for recipes all over, but couldn’t find one I looooved. So I made up my own. Cause that’s what I do. Heh! Not only was this easy, but it was so good, you guys. SO GOOD. I knew this was going to be my new go-to.
And it’s true. I don’t buy hummus all that often anymore. I make my own and it’s delish. The reason it’s my new favorite things is because I can play with the flavors, switch things up and just really make it how we like it. Sometimes that means a little spice, other times that means more of a tahini kick. And even better, an extra sprinkle of lime juice. Mmm…
You may remember my basic hummus recipe from a few months back. It was easy, delicious and full of garlic. This one is so similar, but the biggest difference? Yep, you guessed it! The roasted sweet peppers. I wish I could make this and invite you all over to enjoy it with me (served with BJ’s pita chips cause those are the besttttt). The peppers give it a smoky taste, but there’s also a slight sweetness to them. So absolutely delicious. I can devour this in one sitting.
If you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram or hashtag #toeatdrinkandbemarried. I’d love to see your recipe!
[recipe title=”Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus” servings=”1 bowl” time=”30 minutes” ]
- 4-5 small sweet peppers (I used red and yellow ones)
- 1 can (15oz) chickpeas (reserve liquid)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons sesame tahini
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt & pepper, to taste
- For the sweet peppers: Place your oven rack on the highest possible place. Take the stems off of the peppers, slice in half and remove the seeds. Place skin side up on the baking sheet. Place in the oven, turn the broiler on, and let them sit there until they are charred.
- Once totally black, place them in a glass bowl and cover that with plastic wrap. Allow that to sit there for about 15 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and using your fingers, simply peel the black skin off. It should come right off. Set the peppers aside.
- Hummus: Add all ingredients (except the peppers) in food processor in order listed. Pulse until almost smooth then add in the sweet peppers and pulse again until it is your desired consistency.
Tip: For thicker hummus, add more chickpeas. For thinner hummus, add a little water.
Tip: roughly chop one half of a prepped pepper to garnish your hummus after it’s all ready.