Warm Walnut and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Warm Walnut and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Elevate your appetizer game with this sophisticated and delicious Warm Walnut and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. This creamy, nutty, and slightly smoky spread offers a delightful twist on the traditional hummus. It’s perfect for serving with pita bread, fresh vegetables, or as a sandwich spread. The warm, rich flavors and the added texture from the walnuts make this dish a standout at any gathering. Follow this simple and easy recipe to impress your guests with a homemade gourmet appetizer.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
– 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, drained
– 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
– 2 tablespoons tahini
– 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Warm water as needed

Instructions:

1. **Toast the Walnuts:**
– Add the walnuts to a dry skillet over medium heat.
– Stir frequently for about 4-5 minutes until they become fragrant and lightly browned.
– Set aside to cool.

2. **Blend the Ingredients:**
– In a food processor, add the chickpeas, roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and smoked paprika.
– Blend the ingredients until smooth, adding warm water a tablespoon at a time until a creamy consistency is achieved.

3. **Season the Hummus:**
– Taste the hummus and add salt and pepper as needed.
– Blend again to incorporate the seasoning.

4. **Warm the Hummus:**
– Transfer the hummus to a medium-sized saucepan.
– Warm over low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through (about 5 minutes).

5. **Serve:**
– Pour the warm hummus into a serving bowl.
– Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika, chopped toasted walnuts, or fresh herbs if desired.

This Warm Walnut and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is sure to be a hit, offering a delicious blend of flavors and a satisfying, creamy texture. Enjoy it with your favorite dippers and savor the unique taste!