Although its roots are in the Mediterranean, hummus has become an all-American snack. In fact, it’s served so often these days that it’s almost passé! But hummus is full of good protein and healthy fats, a snap to make and completely delicious. Here are three ways to jazz up this treat with the warming flavors of fall.
Start out with classic hummus, and go from there. You can either buy it already made, or whip it together yourself using a food processor and a few key ingredients.
For homemade hummus, take cooked chickpeas and purée them in a food processor with a half clove of garlic and just enough tahini (sesame paste) and olive oil to make it smooth. Add a little water if it’s too dry, and salt to taste.
Now you are ready for the fun part. Place a cup of hummus in your food processor and:
Option 1: Add 2 cups of roasted beets, a tablespoon or 2 of lemon juice, and a pinch of sweet, smoked paprika. Purée until smooth.
Option 2: Add 2 cups of roasted winter squash, such as red kuri, kabocha or butternut, a tablespoon or 2 of lime juice, and a pinch of ground cumin. Purée until smooth.
Option 3: Add 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, fully rehydrated in water and then drained, a tablespoon or 2 of orange juice, and a pinch of thyme. Purée until smooth.
Serve this gorgeous trio of spreads together or on their own with pita, whole grain bread, or thinly sliced fresh veggies for dipping.