Monday, January 7, 2013

Sweet Potato Hummus

Hummus and I... have never gotten along.  I keep trying hummus because it always sounds like a good idea.  But it never, ever lived up to my expectations.  I tried different brands, different styles, and all with the same result.  Utter disappointment.  However, I spotted this recipe in a friend's cookbook and decided to give it a shot.  Again.  And, miraculously, I loved it!

I really shouldn't be surprised because I love sweet potato in just about everything - marshmallows, soup, tacos, biscuits, etc.  And now I can add hummus to that list - hooray!

Light snack or fun appetizer for a party, and it's healthy.  Oh, and it makes a LOT, so plenty to share with friends!

Sweet Potato Hummus
(from Power Foods)
Makes 4 cups

1 lb. sweet potatoes (about 2)
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1-2 lemons)
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Paprika, for garnish

Steam the sweet potatoes with your preferred method.  Some options:
1) Microwave: Wash and pat dry your potatoes.  Poke potatoes a few times on each 'side' for the steam to escape.  Microwave until soft, rotating them every few minutes for even cooking. When done, scoop out the inside and discard the peel.
2) Peel and cut potatoes into 1 inch pieces.  Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water; set a steamer basket (or colander) inside pot, and bring water to a boil.  Add potatoes, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer potatoes to a food processor.  Add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, oil, cumin, and garlic.  Puree until smooth, about 1 minute; thin with up to 2 Tbsp of water (I used about 3 teaspoons).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Let cool; refrigerate for up to 1 week in an airtight container.  Garnish with paprika before serving.  Serve with favorite pita chips and/or veggies.


1 comment:

  1. This sounds wonderful, I think I'll give it a try.