Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)

This is another one of those recipes that is so easy to make and so delicious that you'll wonder why you don't make it more often. You can use fresh peppers—as I did for this recipe—or jarred ones which you rinse. I cooked the peppers over the grate of my stove at work, but this time of year it is fun (and flavorful) to cook them outside on a charcoal grill. And as with most my recipes, this is just a suggestion...add whatever flavorings or seasoning you would like. You'll also note that when I say this is easy to make, it truly is one step. Once the peppers are roasted you simply combine everything in a food processor and puree it. The hummus will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator...but it is so delicious it will likely be eaten straight away.

Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus
Makes about 4 cups
2 (15oz) cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
2 roasted red peppers
1 cup tahini
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup hot pepper sauce (optional)
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process to a smooth puree.

How to Roast a Pepper
Remove stickers from the pepper. Place the pepper directly on the grate of your gas stove with the flame adjusted to medium. Using a set of tongs turn the pepper ever couple of minutes until the entire outside is completely black. Immediately place the pepper(s) into a small paper bag and seal it closed. Allow the pepper to rest for a couple of minutes. The steam that naturally occurs loosens the skin. Remove the pepper, and while holding it under cold running water gently rub of the blackened skin (it’s wise, but not essential, to do this over a small colander to catch the skin, which may clog the drain). After the skin is removed gently tear the pepper in two and remove the stem and rinse the seeds.

Urban Simplicity.