Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sunset Hummus

 Sunset Hummus 

Don’t you just love the title of this recipe?  The inspiration of the name came to me once I combined the roasted peppers and golden garbanzo beans together; it becomes this gorgeous sunset color.  The garlic cooking crème replaces the yogurt and five cloves of garlic that’s usually added to this recipe.  Enjoy!  You are going to love this delicious Mediterranean spread.
PS: If you want to skip the calories of the yogurt or cooking creme, then I suggest adding an extra tablespoon of olive oil, and pulse a little longer to catch that creamy quality!

Prep Time:      10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0

1- 10 oz. tub Cooking Crème, Savory Garlic flavor
1 – 16 oz. can of Garbanzo Beans - drained
1 Tblsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ to 3/4 Cup Roasted Red Peppers-drained, using the jarred variety
1 lemon – squeezed – {you need the juice of 1 fresh lemon}
¼ Tsp. Red Pepper flakes {optional…for heat!}

Using  a mini-chopper or food processor add in the garbanzo beans, red peppers, olive oil, sesame seed oil  and lemon juice.  Blend on high speed about 4 minutes more or less.  We want the texture of the beans to resemble the size of minced garlic.  Now add in the Cooking Creme blending til smooth, about another minute.  Add in a few pinches of sea salt and black pepper. Wah la!
NOTE: I serve Sunset Hummus with fresh roasted Whole Wheat Pita Chips, their just so easy and quick to bake rather then purchase a bag.  Here’s what you do: preheat oven to 400, line a cookie sheet with foil, spray the foil generously with cooking spray {I use olive oil cooking spray} then salt and pepper the cookie sheet.  Slice your pita pocket in ½ vertically, take each pita ½ and cut into ¼ s making small triangle shapes.  Separate each pita triangle peeling them apart.  Place on cookie sheet, spraying the triangles with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.  Bake 5-7 minutes til edges are golden.     

PS: Friends! Just received a nice note from my sister Patty.   Patty is the Director Of Catering @ Delaware State University.  Her Chef' Louis featured my Sunset Hummus recipe for a Reception held at the University Presidents Home.  The Celebrity Guest iof Honor at this affair was Dr. Ian K. Smith.  Dr. Smith has been featured on programs alike  "Biggest Looser".  Anyway!  this is EXCITING.. Dr. Smith kind of hung by my Hummus most the evening snacking on it.    He then sent his Assistant over to my sister Patty to ask for  the recipe.  The next day Patty received this note from Dr. Smith's Assistant: 
 We certainly enjoyed our visit to the campus.  Also, Dr. Ian wants to send his compliments to the chef.  He loved the roasted red pepper hummus!
Sooo.... I responded to the email with the recipe above using a bit more olive & sesame oil rather then the dairy products, and forward it with the picture to Dr. Smith's office.

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