Last night I got to pretend I was hosting my very own live cooking show right from my kitchen! My roommate, Danielle, filmed me whipping up this incredibly easy roasted red pepper hummus for my first ever Facebook Live video stream. Thank you to everyone who watched the video or asked questions along the way! Doing this segment reminded me why I love cooking in front of the camera so much. Plus, adding the live element made it even more exciting. It was crazy to think that literally anything I said or did was being recorded and streamed to anyone who wanted to watch. Thankfully I didn’t have any blender issues like I did on my Food Network Snapchat video when I couldn’t get the Magic Bullet to start!
Homemade versus Store-Bought
Ever since I started making homemade hummus instead of buying it at the store, I can’t go back. It really is worth it to take the few extra minutes so I can customize the taste and experiment with my own flavors. This roasted red pepper version is an absolute winner, though. The color is stunning, especially in contrast with other colorful veggies. Another advantage to making it at home is knowing that there are no additional preservatives. Way more healthy! The red spice in the photos here is paprika – a pretty embellishment for presentation and a touch of smoky flavor. The little seeds are pine nuts for topping crunch.
Only 8 Ingredients
All you need for the hummus are these eight ingredients, most of which you probably have at home anyway! If the tahini ingredient is making you think twice about homemade hummus, don’t say no quite yet. Tahini is basically the peanut butter equivalent of sesame seeds. It adds a distinguishable flavor to hummus that would be missing without! If you buy a jar of this, you can keep it for months – maybe as much as a year, says Serious Eats. (Great question on the Facebook Live, Julia!) The tahini can be used in other dishes or dressings if you’re looking to find a use beyond hummus. I’m going to recipe test some tahini dressings because I tried a lemon tahini dressing in Arizona last month and loved it. More to come!
In the meantime, I can’t wait to hear what you think of making hummus at home for yourself. Are you thinking of trying other flavor combinations? If so, just trade the roasted red peppers. Next on my list for hummus flavors include: savory pumpkin spice, black olive, artichoke, roasted jalapeño and cilantro. I’ll keep you posted on Snapchat and Twitter!
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 roasted red pepper (from a jar is perfectly fine!)
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil, or more as needed
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse or blend on high until smooth. If texture is too thick to blend easily, add another drizzle of olive oil to smooth.
- Serve with crackers, pita bread, naan or vegetables. Enjoy!
Thanks again for watching my first Facebook Live. Comment below or on the original post if you have questions, feedback or want to see another video soon!
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