This recipe is for my sister who lives far enough away from me that I only see her a couple times a year, which is not nearly enough for me. I am going to see her in a few days though, and I am very excited! Whenever my sis and I get together, a large portion of our time is spent around food. Whether it be cooking up an amazing vegetarian meal in the kitchen, or planting and harvesting veggies from the garden, or browsing the local farmers markets, or taking trips down country roads to find amazing farms, a good portion of our lives is taking up by food. For good reason! Food can be nourishing and comforting and exciting and brings people together. It is not only essential to human being, but for many of us, it is also the backdrop to our lives. Food is intertwined with our memories, and our emotions, as well as our bodies.
I'm excited to get together with my sister for many reasons, but one reason is that I know we will find and make lots of good food, and the only thing that makes me happier than when I am eating, is when I am eating with someone I love! One food my sis and I love, and is a staple any time we are together, is hummus! We are quite fond of the Trader Joes varieties, and as soon as we pop that top, its a race to get the goodies on top. You may be familiar with store bought hummus in that it has a few spices and nuts sprinkled on top. Well, there is never enough in our opinion! Those measly 6 or so pine nuts are sure to cause a pita chip stabbing war around the hummus bowl at my house, so I decided to make a hummus that was loaded with pine nuts, with extra on the side as well! Pine nuts are on the pricier side, but the other ingredients in this recipe are very inexpensive so you can splurge and get the pine nuts. You could also use walnuts if that is more your style.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pine nuts
- 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed.
- 1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers, 13 to 16 ounce, drained
- 1 Clove Garlic Minced
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- Juice Of 1 Lemon
- 1 tsp Cumin
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- About 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts (or more!)
- Place all ingredients except the pine nuts in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Place pine nuts in a saute pan over low heat (no oil) and cook until lightly browned. Stir often to keep from burning. Let cool.
- Stir about 1/8 Cup Pine nuts into Hummus
- Top hummus with a good amount of pine nuts and save any extra for refreshing as you eat.
Make it, eat it, enjoy!!
Note: If you would like to roast your own peppers, see this video!