Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sweet Potato “Hummus” – So Close

One of my all-time favorite things to do is take an iconic recipe, and somehow tweak it to maybe make it easier, healthier, or tastier; which was definitely not what happened here. This was simply a case of me wanting hummus, not having garbanzo beans, and making it anyway with sweet potatoes, which, much to my amazement, came out remarkably well.

I don’t blame you if you're skeptical, but this stuff really does have almost the same taste and texture as hummus. It has a little bit of a sweeter finish, which reminded me of a red pepper hummus, but all in all, it’s very close. In fact, my wife Michele, who has a much more discerning palate than I do, said that if she were blindfolded, she’d have trouble identifying this as not being actual hummus.

However, to get this close to what you think hummus tastes like, please be prepared to adjust the ingredient amounts to your liking. Some folks like just a hint of garlic and lemon, while others like to be crushed by it. Same goes for the tahini, and other seasonings, so taste, and adjust accordingly.

Of course, since the name, “hummus” comes from the Arabic word for chickpeas, one can make a strong argument that this isn’t hummus, and therefore shouldn’t be called hummus. But those people don’t have to worry about search engine results, which is why I just worked the word “hummus” into this paragraph four times. Actually, let’s make it five, as I say I really do hope you give this easy, and delicious alternative hummus a try soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for about 2 cups of Sweet Potato Hummus:
2 cups mashed, roasted sweet potatoes
1/3 cup tahini
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chipotle
pinch cayenne
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons cold fresh water whipped in to lighten texture, optional
freshly chopped parsley to garnish


FoodwishesAddict said...

Sounds delish! I am going to try this, as per your advice, soon! Thanks, Chef John - you never disappoint!

Nader Nassif said...

As a Lebanese I cannot help but think that something is wrong with this idea because the word hummus means chick pea in Arabic. That being said, I would be interested in trying it and not calling it hummus 😁

rancholyn said...

I love this recipe and can't wait to make...Waiting for flatbread recipe...thanks

Scratch said...

I suggest "Spummus"

Linda S said...

My son made this yesterday. It is the best hummus we have ever had. We love your recipes.

Ratty said...

Made this last night so it's ready for my pita chips this evening. I love the tip about adding some water - totally worked.

Tasting this before putting it in fridge it seemed a bit too sweet for me but I'll try it with the chips and keep an open mind. Maybe I'll add more tahini.