Summer Party Appetizers – In a Flash!!



hummus peppersSUMMER PARTY APPETIZERS – IN A FLASH!!

Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet, offers more than 130 delicious, vegan recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, each complete with nutritional analysis. Enhanced by over 200, full-color photographs, each recipe is ranked with an Ease-Factor to make it easy to choose recipes that fit into any busy schedule.

Summertime presents the perfect time to share outdoor meals and casual get-togethers with loved-ones. An easy-to-prepare appetizer is always at the top of my menu agenda, and this delightful offering is one of my go-to dishes all summer long.

Mini-Sweet Peppers with Hummus feature store-bought hummus, enhanced by the welcome crunch of the tiny sweet peppers, making this dish a colorful and ease-y dish to add to your recipe box. Simple to prepare, but a real crowd pleaser, and these colorful and tasty snacks instantly disappear the moment you serve them. Better make a double-batch!

 

Mini-Sweet Peppers with Hummus

Makes 8 to 10 “small bite” servingshummus peppers photo LTh

8 to 10 mini-sweet peppers, various colors

1 container (7 to 8 ounces) store-bought “red pepper” flavored hummus (see note)

16 to 20 tiny whole basil leaves or parsley sprigs, for garnish

 

Seed and split the peppers. Fill each mini-pepper half with a generous spoonful of the hummus.

Top each pepper with a bit of the red pepper mixture from the top of the store-bought hummus. (see note).

 

Garnish each pepper with a tiny basil leaf or parsley sprig. Arrange the peppers on a pretty platter and serve!

 

Chef’s Note: If you are using another flavor of hummus, or your own homemade hummus, mince one of the mini-red peppers to use as a garnish!

Photos courtesy of Laura Theodore  

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Laura Theodore is an award-winning public television personality and host of the Jazzy Vegetarian, presently available in 88% of US households.  She is a vegan chef, radio host, jazz singer, and the author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics and Jazzy Vegetarian. In 2014, Laura was honored with a “Special Achievement Taste-Award” along with the likes of Martha Stewart and Emeril; she has also been recognized byVegNews magazine with a “Totally Tubular Veggie Award.” Laura hosts the popular podcast radio show, Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, now in its 7th year, and has appeared on every major TV network.  She writes a weekly food column for Mother Earth Living and has been featured in many highly respected news, food and lifestyle-related journals.  A critically acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter her CD, Tonight’s the Night, received a “Musician Magazine Award.” Laura has appeared in many plays and musicals, including the Off Broadway hit show Beehive, earning her a coveted “Backstage Bistro Award” and was honored with the Denver Critics Drama Circle Award as “Best Actress in a Musical” for her starring role as Janis Joplin in the world premiere production of Love, Janis.

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