Two hummus recipes with little extra time
In these two hummus recipes, just changing the roasted vegetable gives each dip a unique flavor and color. Once you've roasted the vegetables, you just toss one set of ingredients in the food processor, blend, repeat and serve.
I don’t know about you, but during the summer of 2020 (during the coronavirus stay-at-home orders, that is) we we’ve been home much more than ever before. When you're home it's easy to grab what's easy from the fridge when you start feeling hungry!
So, it was always best if we thought ahead and prepared healthy dips like hummus, and kept whole-grain chips like the Late July brand in the pantry.
We liked them all, so which one to make next?
One day, when we were roasting vegetables for my roasted summer vegetable soup, we decided to roast some extra eggplant and bell peppers and make a hummus platter. Pita bread would be a traditional dipper of course, but we always have multi-grain chips around for all us gluten-free eaters.
This is just one of the trays of roasted vegetables, but you get the idea.
We saved out the right amounts for the hummus recipes and the rest went into that great soup.
The two recipes are essentially the same except for the star vegetable in each. And, I don’t even wash the food processor between the batches.
Can I use canned chickpeas or cook my own?
As for the chickpeas, I cooked a full cup in the Instant Pot, which makes the equivalent of two cans, or 3 cups of cooked beans (see how to cook dry beans) and divided the result among the two batches of hummus. I like the economy of cooking my own and not having cans to dispose of.
Here are the assembled ingredients for the eggplant hummus. I scraped the pulp and seeds away from the skins, which I also do when making baba ghanoush.
This is the eggplant hummus once it's blended with the salt and lemon juice. At this point you would taste it to decide if it needed more salt or lemon.
Tip: try adding a teaspoonful of lemon juice before adding more salt, as the lemon brings out the saltiness.
After removing the eggplant hummus to a serving bowl and quickly wiping the food processor, add the ingredients for the red bell pepper hummus. Blend as above, garnish and serve.
Now I DO wash out the food processor.
Roasted eggplants and bell peppers have a slight smoky flavor that is fabulous when whizzed up with chickpeas, olive oil, tahini and lemon to make hummus. You could use any color of bell pepper (well, maybe not green) but the red gives the red-orange color that yellow or orange wouldn't.
The eggplant hummus has the flavor of baba ghanoush, and red bell pepper hummus has a slightly sweet but mild pepperiness.
What tools work best to make hummus?
To make these two hummuses for the platter, I used the food processor because I like some texture rather than an absolutely creamy hummus. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender. Stop blending before it’s completely pureed if you want a slight chunkiness.
If you want it as creamy as store-bought, and have a Vitamix, that's the tool to use. But I find it a pain when air bubbles form around the blades of the Vitamix and I have to keep pushing the mixture down. And it's harder (for me, at least) to get all the hummus out than with a food processor.
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Bell Pepper and Eggplant Hummus Platter
- 1 pound eggplant about 1 medium round eggplant or 2-3 long eggplants
- olive oil for drizzling
- 1½ cups chickpeas ½ cup dried, cooked to 1 ½ cups
- 3 cloves garlic sliced
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- lemon juice from ½ a lemon or more to taste
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- chopped parsley for garnish
- cumin for sprinkling
Red Bell Pepper Hummus
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Wash the eggplant and trim the stem end off.
- For a round eggplant, slice it lengthwise into slices no more than 1 inch thick. For the long eggplant, cut each in half lengthwise.
- Drizzle the eggplant with a bit of oil to coat the cut surfaces, place on one side of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Drizzle the sliced bell peppers with oil and place them on the other section of the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30-45 minutes or until the eggplant is soft when pierced with a knife (the bell pepper will be tender also).
- Let the vegetables cool. You can keep it in an air tight container in the fridge for three days.
- When ready to make the dip, Scoop the pulp and seeds away from the peels with a spoon.
- Place the eggplant pulp in a food processor with the other ingredients.
- Add the drained chickpeas, oil, lemon juice and process until smooth.
- Add salt to taste. Use a spatula to remove as much of the eggplant hummus as possible before adding the ingredients for the bell pepper hummus to the bowl of the food processor.
- To make the bell pepper hummus, follow the instructions above from step #4 - except you won't scrape the pulp away from the skin. Save two slices of the roasted red bell pepper to dice for a topping.
- For the platter, arrange chips and/or pita and fresh vegetables with extras on the side. Sprinkle the vegetables lightly with cumin for a pretty look and aroma (though my family prefers it not to be in the hummus itself).