Saturday, October 6, 2012

Another Kind of Hummus

In mid-September, friends (and fellow bloggers) Bonnie and David invited Doug and me to dinner to catch up on our summer travels. Bonnie, who loves to cook everything from scratch, presented an appetizer dip in a large bowl which resembled hummus, but the color was a soft orange. I’ve made pumpkin hummus before, but this was paler in color and didn’t quite have that pumpkin-y taste. Her recipe had a smooth texture, a slightly zingy flavor, but we still couldn’t quite pinpoint the main ingredient. Peanuts? No Butternut squash? No
It was ………………..  sweet potato!

This is the perfect time of year to utilize sweet potatoes in recipes; they're abundant and economical.

Bonnie's Sweet Potato Hummus

The recipe which follows isn’t Bonnie’s, but one I conjured up based on years of hummus-making. You can adapt this recipe to suit your taste, making it sweeter or spicier – or any way you like. That’s the beauty of hummus; it can be whatever you want it to be!

Sweet Potato Hummus

1 large sweet potato (about 12  oz.)
1 can (15 oz.) chick peas, drained, rinsed
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small clove garlic, halved
1 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
Optional Garnish: 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1.  Scrub the skin of the potato under cool running water; pat dry.
2.  Prick skin of sweet potato on all sides with fork. Place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on High 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Remove skin  and cut sweet potato into chunks.
3. Place cooked potato chunks and remaining ingredients (except Garnish ingredients, if using) in large food processor. Cover; process until smooth. If necessary, add water 1 tablespoon at a time to desired consistency. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving so flavors can blend.
4. Place in a serving bowl, then top hummus with chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil, if desired. Serve with crackers and/or fresh vegetables.


  1. Great blog. Please keep writing. With thanks. Debbie O'

  2. Hi Robyn,

    I found this book online, got a copy and loved it. I cannot recommend it enough.

    Armenian Cuisine

    Hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

    Alex M.

  3. try the hummus with boiled pumpkin, cauliflower & potato, without chick pea. it's more delicious.