My sister is a huge fan of roasted red pepper hummus so she was one inspiration behind me creating my own version at home. The other inspiration was my fancy new blender that I just knew would create the smoothest, creamiest hummus I’ve ever made.
And I was right. This was the smoothest, creamiest hummus that has ever come from my kitchen.
I’ve been without a regular blender for over a year now. The last one I owned, an overpriced and under-performing Kitchen Aid blender, broke as soon as the warranty expired. And I wasn’t in a big rush to run out and replace it with another piece of junk. I’ve never been a huge fan of blenders because I have never owned one that worked really well. Sure, they all claim to crush ice. But they never really do.
I knew that there was another class of blenders out there that could do all sorts of wonderful things, but they have always been way out of my budget. So I’ve made do with my food processor and immersion blender and for the most part have been perfectly happy. But I’ve always been secretly envious of those lucky Vita-Mix owners. And yes, I have been researching high-powered blenders for the past year, silently wishing to have one one of these mystical machines taking up more of my precious counter space.
And then it happened. I innocently went on a trip to Costco with my sister and brother-in-law. I was there with good intentions. My main mission was to pick up some new books and dvds to send to Justin in Iraq, and I had just placed a dvd set of 24: Season 7 in the cart when I heard the sound: a blender! I couldn’t help myself, I started walking towards the sound and the gathering crowd. On the table was one of the two blenders I had been dreaming of for the past year. It was a Blendtec, and I was instantly hooked.
I stood there wide-eyed as the showman created something with the texture of ice cream out of nothing more than a handful of strawberries and some ice cubes. I eagerly tasted the samples of the ‘whole fruit’ juice he made after throwing a mixture of fruits, peel and all, into the miraculous machine. Penny and Robert eventually found me and started laughing uncontrollably when they saw me standing there, transfixed.
I know, I know. It was like being sucked into a real-life infomercial. Except this was a product that I knew. It was a product that I had researched. And that’s how they got me. It didn’t help that Penny and Robert were standing there urging me to do it. One of my brother-in-law’s favorite pastimes is to take me to Costco and see how much money he can get me to spend on things I don’t really need. For him, this was the mother lode!
So you’ve already figured out that I bought it. It’s been over a month now and do I regret it? Not one bit! This ‘blender’ is amazing. It will pulverize anything I put in there, wet or dry. I can grind grains into flour, I can grind nuts and spices, even tiny amounts. I can make velvety smooth sauces. And of course, it makes excellent hummus. I’m not gonna lie, these things are expensive and plenty of you will think I’m crazy. But for me, it was worth it.
My name is Nicole and I am in love with my blender.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded*
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1 clove of garlic, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon tahini
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or to taste)
scant 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 – 1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. You may have to stop to stir and/or scrape down the ingredients a few times.
Leftover hummus can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for a few days. I’ve also heard that it freezes well, but we never have any leftovers!
* I know that roasted red peppers are available in jars at the grocery store, but they are so easy (and in most cases cheaper) to roast at home. And of course, freshly roasted peppers taste much better than the ones from a jar. Here are instructions for roasting red peppers. And did you know that you can freeze roasted peppers? Why not roast a bunch at once and then freeze the leftovers? Here are instructions for freezing roasted peppers.