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Roasted Red Pepper Garbanzo Bean Dip


Anytime you're having a get-together dips can be a tasty, easy option. Most of the time they can be made in advance; and sometimes they get even better with a little time to sit. This dip's original destiny was gonna be hummus; but when I went to the store the other day there was no tahini in stock. And since I'm pretty sure that you cant call something hummus without tahini... we'll just call this a roasted red pepper garbanzo bean dip. This would be perfect to bring to a superbowl party or to celebrate an award you just won. That is if you hadn't been snubbed and not even nominated for the award... hmmm bitter? Well regardless, make this for your superbowl party and you will please all your friends, meatheads and veggie-lovers alike! You will be safe wherever you bring it, cause all white people like hummus.

Always roast your own peppers. Always.

Also always rinse beans from a can.

Chickpeas have this weird skin on them. if you heat them up you can get the skins off easier. If you don't remove these, it will mess with the texture of the dip.

Juice of 2 lemons.

Paprika, cumin, salt, pepper.

A lot of people like this on premade pita chips, but I think semi soft baked pitas with olive oil and salt are better. Just cut these up, add salt and olive oil and mix them all around. Put them in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes. They will still be mostly soft but some will have crisp edges.

The roasted red peppers.

If it is blending to tightly, add some of the liquid you heated up the chickpeas in.

Feta, Cilantro, and Paprika sprinkled on top.

This made a nice double quantity, so we used it for two get-togethers in a row! This night we were making a lamb shank pie with Gareth and Ella that you guys will see on here soon. The next day we were making muffulettas with Amy, Donna, and John.

Amy also made a shrimp remoulade for an appetizer the second day. I had never had it and it was really good! She toasted some bread rounds to eat it with. It is usually served with lettuce cups at restaurants.

Earlier when I wrote about being snubbed, I was just kidding. I am happy about where this blog is going and all my fans, and while a nomination would have been nice to give me more exposure, I don't mind not being nominated when there are soo many great blogs out there. I really just wanted more people to come to the site! Although in truth i WAS pretty surprised to not be on the list seeing that TFiMB had the most public nominations up there! Thanks guys!

Anyway, the dip recipe is just 2 cans of chickpeas(drained and rinsed), juice of 2 lemons, 2 roasted red peppers, a clove of garlic, little bit of feta, salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika blended in the blender or food processor. Garnish with more feta, cilantro or parsley, and paprika.

The shrimp remoulade was Amy's and here is what she has to say about it:

This was used as a guide. I upped the horseradish and hot sauce to 1 T each and the mustard to 2 T. Decreased the lemon juice to 4 T and added scallions.


i have been on the weirdest kick lately all i want to eat is chickpeas! yum! i was surprised how much i like your shrimp thing amy... normally im not much of a shrimpy kinda gal but i loved it! little piece of buttered toast, slice of tomato, scoop of remoulade... yummy!

like the pic of ella rockin out on guitar hero. although im pretty sure that rock stars dont sit down!

I love chickpeas too. Yum! Great job!

I made hummus the other day and it was a disaster! Now i know why, it's because i didn't take the skin off those tinned chickpeas. The texture was all whack and gross! Thanks for the tip.

I'm starting to think you need me to do a post or two on desserts... you never have desserts... I make mean cupcakes... but I'm glad to have the chick pea tip... I never knew that. Now I know why trader joes hummus is better than mine...

hummus without tahini is hummus too! different people make it different ways.

Hey guys! I just wanted to say that you guys have probably one of the best amateur, new blogs I've ever seen! Your instructions and photos are vivid, and really I just can't find the words to express how much I love your site, and the food you make! I'm really looking forward to the muffuletta post!

I also wanted to tell you that I am plugging your blog on my own, 'MapCouch.' If you check out I have already posted so all of my fans know to check out this excellent site you guys have set up here. Be sure to stop by the MapCouch from time to time, as I tend to post randomly about things I like, and things like your blog, that generally make life more enjoyable for all.

Thanks again!


Instead of all white people like hummus, I like to think that all white people are capable of liking hummus. To me hummus is like beer if you go your whole life eating nothing but crappy hummus you'll never enjoy it, but after eating great hummus crappy hummus is acceptable every once in a while.

Tried the hummus recipe and it's fab!!! Thanks!!!

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