Simple to prepare, but a real crowd pleaser, these colorful and tasty snacks instantly disappear the moment you serve them!
The quick-to-prep, oil-free hummus is creamy and full of garlicky flavor, paired with the tangy taste of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a tiny bit of heat from the chili powder. The hummus also makes a great snack in itself, served with veggie dippers, or whole grain crackers on the side. Simply garnish with chili powder and lemon zest before serving (as pictured above).
Enhanced by the welcome crunch of the tiny sweet peppers, this is a colorful and ease-y dish to add to your recipe box!
Mini-Sweet Peppers with Hummus
Makes 6 to 8 “small bite” servings
HUMMUS (see note)
1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons filtered or spring water, plus more as needed
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame tahini
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, plus more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
10 to 14 mini-sweet peppers, various colors
10 to 14 tiny whole basil leaves or parsley sprigs, for garnish
1) To make the hummus, put all of the hummus ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water, if needed to achieve desired consistency.
2) To assemble the peppers, seed and split the peppers in half, lengthwise. Finely mince 2 of the mini-red peppers (or puree them with a bit of water, to a thick paste in a food processor) and set aside, to use as a garnish.
3) Fill each mini-pepper half with a generous spoonful of the hummus.
4) Top each hummus filled pepper with a bit of the minced red pepper and garnish with a tiny basil leaf or parsley sprig. Arrange the peppers on a pretty platter and serve!
CHEF'S NOTE: For an instant snack, use your favorite brand of store-bought "red pepper" flavored hummus in place of the home- made hummus.
The hummus also makes a great snack in itself, served with veggie dippers, or whole grain crackers on the side. Simply garnish with chili powder and lemon zest before serving (as pictured below).