Butternut Squash Hummus
January 20, 2013
Butternut squash hummus is such a wonderful addition to my collection of chickpea recipes. Roasted squash livens up this Middle Eastern dish with its vibrant colour and sweetness. The added spices perfectly match this combination - besides the familiar flavours of cumin, tahini, lemon and garlic, there is the warmth of cinnamon and the hot kick of black pepper and cayenne. The flavours unravel in layers: the sweetness is quickly followed by the gentle heat that prolongs the taste.
I found this very simple recipe for Butternut Squash Hummus Dip on midEATS and loved the ingredient list. The only time-consuming steps are boiling the chickpeas and roasting the squash, but the preparation itself is just a matter of minutes. To save time, you could use canned chickpeas - 2 cups dry chickpeas are required, which makes about 5.5 cups boiled (1.5 cups per 400 g can). Once you have these two ready, everything goes into the blender. You can go all the way and make this very smooth, but I prefer homemade hummus a bit coarse.
I generally love hummus spread on thick slices of soft, warm, chewy bread, but with this rather sweet version I opted for lightly salted tortilla chips, to balance the taste. Carrot and celery sticks make great dippers too. Rather than sitting at the table and dipping/spreading chips one after the other, I arranged them on plates in flower-like shape using cayenne and fresh coriander for a bit of colour contrast. This way, they were a big hit.
My favourite way to enjoy these delicious appetizers is to generously drizzle them with olive oil - a great quality, full-flavoured extra virgin olive oil.
For the recipe, please head over to midEATS through the link provided above.
I have previously written about the health benefits of chickpeas in the Chickpea Nuggets and Burgers post. Roasted butternut squash is an exceptional source of vitamin A and C, and provides considerable amounts of vitamin E, B complex, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Squash is a low calorie food that contains no saturated fats, cholesterol or sodium.
This recipe makes plenty of hummus, so you can prepare it in advance for a party. Leftover hummus can be stored in an airtight container for a few days.
Enjoy and spread the magic!:)
If you've tried this hummus I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thank you!