Red Pepper Hummus
Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson
Recipe courtesy Nigella Lawson, 2007
You know those days when you had no idea you were having people for dinner and then that phone call comes mid-afternoon? Well, this is the[ quickly assembled first course that can turn a plain roast chicken, or anything else you think you can stretch for four people without much effort, into a dinner party. And actually, whenever you have to cook without time for planning, I think a roast chicken is nearly always the main course you need: It's much easier to come up with frills for before and after and alongside than to construct a fancy dinner party dish last minute. This can be in dollops on crostini (and you can buy baby toasts ready-made for the purpose in an Italian deli) or eaten as a dip and it even serves as a rather intriguing, gorgeously hued sauce for plain grilled meats.]
Drain the peppers and chickpeas and put them into a food processor.
Add the paprika, cream cheese, oil and lime juice.
Whiz to a hummus-like puree, and then add salt and perhaps more lime juice, to taste.
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