Roasted Garlic & Butternut Hummus

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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Set aside your usual basic hummus for this wonderful fall-flavored Roasted Garlic and Butternut Hummus.  The color celebrates fall and the flavor has a touch of sweet and a lot of savory.  Then of course it is highlighted with a generous crusting of our Glory Kitchen Cairo nut & spice mix.  Whenever I serve hummus topped with one of our Glory Kitchen nut blends, I always make certain to have the jar close by because just as soon as the topping is scooped up, I get requests for another dousing of the nut blend.  It adds such great texture to the creamy hummus and this Cairo nut blend has a nice peppery spunk.

This recipe is amazingly quick.  The only extra step after gathering your ingredients is roasting the garlic and butternut, and honestly, if you really aren’t up to spending the time, you can add two or three cloves of raw garlic and open a can of pumpkin. 🙂

After the first time I made homemade hummus, I realized it was just so quick and simple, I vowed to never purchase it ready-made at the grocery store again – and I’ve kept to that promise.  I make hummus often in our house; it’s a wonderful way to get those daily raw vegetables we all need when you use carrots, celery, cucumber or broccoli for dipping.  I make it a habit to always have canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and tahini in the pantry.  If I don’t have a fresh lemon or lime, I substitute with either white wine vinegar or balsamic.  And of course we always have olive oil and garlic, so there’s never a time I’m not stocked and ready to throw together a quick batch of hummus.  It also stores beautifully in the refrigerator, however, rarely do we have leftovers because it’s so addicting.

I hope you’ll try this recipe for Roasted Garlic and Butternut hummus.  Basically, it is just gathering all of your ingredients and whizzing them away in a food processor.  Then poof… it’s ready for delicious dipping!

Roasted Garlic & Butternut Hummus

Yield: serves 4-8

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons, plus more for garnish Cairo nut & spice mix
  • 2 cups butternut squash, roasted
  • 1/2 head garlic, roasted
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel the butternut squash and cut into cubes. Because butternut can be difficult to cut, one trick I like to use is to microwave the entire squash for 3-4 minutes, allow it to cool somewhat, then peel, slice and cube. This softens the flesh a bit and makes the slicing so much easier. Or, you can always buy already prepped squash at the grocery store. 🙂 Slice the garlic across the entire head at the non-root side so the garlic cloves are exposed (no need to peel). Place both the garlic head and the cubed butternut onto a lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and toss gently. Place into a hot 425° oven and roast until both are lightly browned. Remove and cool completely. This can be done the day before.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and puree until it is nice and smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of water, one at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Spoon the hummus into a nice serving bowl. Dredge the top with the back of a spoon in a circular formation to make a bit of a spiral well. Drizzle the creases with olive oil and then finish the top with a generous amount of Cairo nut & spice mix. I also like to add a few fall garnishes for decoration right before I serve. Ideas might be matchstick sliced apples, small cubes of butternut, chopped herbs, matchstick radishes, pickled okra or cornichons , small cubes of carrots, just peruse your refrigerator for ideas.
  4. Serve with slices of pita bread, pita chips, crackers, carrot sticks, celery sticks or other fresh veggies.

Notes

Other Glory Kitchen nut blends which would work well with this Roasted Garlic and Butternut Hummus is the Mumbai blend or the San Miguel blend.

Roasted Garlic & Butternut Hummus - Glory Kitchen
Roasted Garlic & Butternut Hummus - Glory Kitchen
Roasted Garlic & Butternut Hummus - Glory Kitchen