On Saturday, Bo informed me that we were out of avocado hummus. We always keep a fresh supply of hummus in the refrigerator, so this meant that I needed to make a new batch. But what kind? We were craving something a little different, and perhaps with a little kick to it. Thankfully, I noticed a couple of red bell peppers lying in the vegetable drawer. I had been thinking about stuffing them with a rice mixture for dinner one day this week, but when I saw them lying there I knew right away that they had a different destiny to fulfill. Roasted, spicy, red pepper hummus here I come!
Problem: I had never roasted a red pepper in my life!
Sure, I had bought the jar of roasted peppers from the grocery store, but do it on my own? No way! But there is a first time for everything, so I decided to give it a shot! Thankfully, I discovered that roasting peppers was as easy as 1-2-3!
- Cut bell peppers in half, scrape out all the seeds, and place skin side up on a greased baking sheet.
- Roast on broil (500-550 degrees) for 5-10 minutes, or until skin begins to blacken (mine took 7 minutes).
- Remove peppers from the oven, immediately place in a ziploc bag, and allow to cool.
I used a portion of the roasted red peppers in a hummus. I didn't write the recipe down, but if memory serves me correctly, it was something like this:
- one can of great northern beans, drained
- 1 1/2 roasted red peppers
- 1-2 garlic cloves
- 2 T tahini
- 1 1/2 T lime juice
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- small handful of cilantro, minced
I foresee many roasted red peppers in my future...
As for roasting other things, I am a huge fan of roasted root vegetables. In particular, I love roasting butternut squash. It brings out all of its sweetness and creates a caramel-like result.
Just a few days ago Bo and I had roasted butternut squash with sunflower oil, salt and pepper, along with one-pot millet and nutmeg-laced collard greens. Don't worry, I'm not withholding meat from my hubby! Bo had turkey sausage on the side as well. :)
Lesson: Roasting makes all things yummy!
So, pull out your baking sheet, check out your refrigerator and pantry, and see what you can start roasting! I assure you, you will not be disappointed with the result!
Tomorrow - Elvis' favorite smoothie...which a chocolate twist!
Question of the Day:
What are your favorite cooking techniques?
Ally and Bo