Sweet Hot Pepper Hummus


By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

Hanukkah is just a week away and if one thing is for sure about my extended family, it’s that we can’t have a gathering without a heaping supply of hummus. I’ve made my own in the past, but I forgot how easy it is to do so. Hummus lovers will rave over hummus even if it’s just store bought, so serving it up homemade can really wow guests.

What you’ll need:
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and strained
1/2 cup sweet hot red peppers, chopped
1/2 lemon
1/8 cup sesame oil
1/8 cup sesame seeds
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp ground cumin

In a food processor, juice the lemon. Then, add the sesame oil and sesame seeds. Pulse for about 30 seconds.

Add the cumin, two tablespoons of olive oil, and garlic to the food processor. Blend again and take about a third of the chickpeas and add them to the mixture. Process. Then, add the rest of the chickpeas, and the rest of the olive oil and process until it reaches the desired consistency.

If the hummus looks a bit too thick, add a couple of teaspoons of water or a little bit more olive oil. Put in half of the peppers and process for about 20 seconds. Place the hummus in a bowl and top with the remaining peppers. Serve with pita bread, pita chips, or vegetables.