Making hummus with my NEW FOOD PROCESSOR!!!!

Oh sweet, delicious joy!

One week ago, it was my EIGHTH annual 21st birthday! And my lovely boyfriend gifted me a brand new food processor!

I’ve been without a food processor for FAR too long, after my other food processor busted. It just, stopped working one day! I must’ve made hummus ONE TOO MANY TIMES.

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Of course, the first thing I HAD to make was my amazing Paleo hummus!

Ingredients include:

  • red bell peppers
  • Poblano peppers
  • tahini
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • seasonings
  • Frank Red Hot (optional)

I began by roasting up four red peppers and three Poblano peppers. I coated the peppers with olive oil, and roasted them in the oven for 30-45 minutes, or until they are browned.

Then, I placed the roasted peppers immediately into a glass container, covered with plastic wrap. This allows the peppers to steam, and makes it MUCH EASIER to peel off the pepper skins!

When the peppers had cooled, I rinsed them in the sink and peeled off the skins, before placing the peppers in my slow cooker.

Then, I added an entire head of roasted garlic (roasted with the peppers, but covered in foil after drenching it in olive oil).

Next, I added in some Himalayan salt and pepper, and other seasonings. I would recommend things like cayanne, paprika, and chili powder for some added flavor and spice.

Also — the juice of one lemon went into the food processor, along with some olive oil.

Finally — the main Paleo hummus ingredient — tahini! This is just sesame seed paste, and gives your hummus its creaminess.

2013-09-20 22.52.42Then, I blended everything together, dumped the hummus into a giant container and stored it in the fridge overnight.

MY TAKE:

This hummus wasn’t the BEST hummus I’ve ever made, but it was definitely good.

2013-09-22 12.42.20It has a bit of a strong red pepper flavor — which means I may have used too many red peppers?

Did you know? There are actually TWO different types of red peppers — the male and the female. They can be distinguished using the bumps on the bottom of the pepper.

Photo Courtesy AThriftyMom.com

Photo Courtesy AThriftyMom.com

Male peppers have three bumps or knobs on the bottom, and females have four.

Male peppers are best for cooking and female peppers are sweeter and are best for salads.

I am thinking that MAYBE I should’ve used all female peppers, or three female peppers with one male pepper — for a sweeter and less bitter pepper taste.

ALSO — I have previously added some Frank’s Red Hot to my hummus — which DEFINITELY adds a lot of great flavor! The original version of Frank’s is Paleo — only containing cayanne.

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It has been so long, that I forgot all my old tricks!

However, this hummus DEFINITELY hit the spot for me this week! I ate this hummus with some baby carrots, and that was my dinner side dish, accompanying my SB&J burger!

Do you have an amazing Paleo hummus recipe?! I’d love to hear it!

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