50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus

Jeweled Hummus ~ a ridiculously easy appetizer for a last minute special occasion ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

The doorbell just rang ~ and all you’ve got is a tub of hummus.  What to do?  Here are 50 ways to hack your hummus so you don’t miss a step.  These fun and easy appetizers will get the party started ~ and everybody wins!

50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus ~ 50 last miuted ways to doctor store bought hummus ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#1 Jewel it

Bedazzle a plain tub of hummus with a swath of olive oil, a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds, and a burst of fresh thyme to complete the festive color scheme.  The seeds will add a burst of tangy juice to every bite.

TIP: A whole pomegranate will last weeks in the refrigerator, and the seeds will stay fresh even after it has been cut.  You can also find  packages of pomegranate seeds at Trader Joe’s.

Jeweled Hummus ~ 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#2 Smoke it

One of my favorite spices is smoked paprika, it’s got a vibrant color and a fantastic smokey flavor.  It comes in both hot and mild varieties, so use your preference, but I’m partial to the hot.  Blend in about 2 teaspoons to start with and add more to your taste.  Sprinkle on a bit more over the top, and accent the pretty color with a sprig of parsley.

#3 Whip it

Put your hummus in a food processor along with 8 ounces of cream cheese, or a block of Boursin, and whip it good!

#4 Drizzle it

Spread the hummus in a wide shallow bowl and drizzle liberally with your favorite infused olive oil ~ I keep a variety of flavored olive oils in my cabinet and they work wonders to turn plain hummus into a truly rich and flavorful dip.  I especially like O Olive Oil’s Meyer Lemon Olive Oil with hummus.

#5 Seed it

I love to top hummus with my favorite ‘everything’ spice blend.  It’s a combination of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dehydrated garlic, onions, and caraway seeds.

TIP: I toast the seeds in a skillet for a few minutes first to bring out their flavor.  Keep the heat moderate, and keep the seeds moving.  They’re done when you begin to smell them and the sesame seeds turn golden.

'Everything' Hummus ~ 50 Ways to Hack your Hummus ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#6 Swirl it

Take a tub of great pesto and swirl it right into your hummus, the flavors marry beautifully.  Garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and some pine nuts.

#7 Bake it

Drizzle with olive oil, cover with foil, and bake in a small oven-proof ceramic dish at 350F until it’s warmed through, about 10-15 minutes.

#8 Pepper it

This is one of my favorite hummus hacks ~ grind lots AND LOTS of fresh black pepper into the hummus.  Spread in a dish, t0p with some good fruity olive oil, and a final shower of pepper ~ it’s divine!

TIP: Use good quality, fresh peppercorns and grind them using the coarse setting.  You should be able to smell the gorgeous spicy aroma as you grind.

#9  Herb it

Blend hummus with several handfuls of fresh herbs…parsley, cilantro, basil, dill, tarragon, or even mint will all work.  Blend until the hummus turns green and fragrant.

Herbed Hummus ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#10 Dust it

Add a generous amount of za’atar over the top of your hummus.  Za’atar is a dried Middle Eastern spice mix consisting of roughly equal parts thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds.  Look for it in specialty stores, or get it online, here.

#11 Smother it

Top the hummus with caramelized onions…cook sliced onions low and slow in some olive oil in a skillet until they turn golden brown.

#12  Beet it

Blend the hummus with one or 2 cooked beets.  The color will astound you.  Garnish with some fresh dill, parsley, or crumbled feta.  This is a showstopper!  To roast beets wrap loosely in foil and bake at 350F for about an hour, or until soft when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife.  Let cool before peeling.

TIP: Use one small beet to achieve a beautiful pink color with subtle flavor.  Use more beets to give your hummus a more intense color and a ‘beet-ier’ flavor.

Beet Hummus from 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#13  Warm it

Blend hummus with a subtle mix of warm fall spices like cinnamon, allspice, and clove.  Use just enough to leave a hint of flavor without overpowering.

#14  Kick it

A simple hot pepper or two can make a huge difference to a bowl of hummus.  Add them, seeds and all, to a food processor and process along with the hummus.  A sprinkle of cayenne over the top is a pretty accent.

TIP: You can use jalapeno peppers, or, for a more intense heat, use the smaller ~ but mightier ~  Serrano peppers.

Spicy Jalapeno Hummus ~ 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus from theviewfromgreatisland.com

#15 Season it

Cumin is a classic seasoning for hummus, stir it in and sprinkle more on top.  Sumac is another great spice to play with, it’s a bold spice with a crimson color and a bright citrus flavor, used a lot in the Middle East.  Find it online here.

#16 Embellish it

Go all out with pine nuts, whole garbanzo beans, pitted olives, and chopped herbs.

#17 Sweeten it

Stir in lots of chopped marinated sun-dried tomatoes.  Use the flavorful oil from the jar to drizzle over the top.

#18  Pair it

Show off your wine skilz… hummus goes particularly well with Sauvignon Blanc, Rosés and Pinot Noirs.

#19 Deconstruct it

Add a topping of whole chickpeas that have been tossed (or sauteed) with garlic and chopped parsley…drizzle everything with a little tahini dressing.

Deconstructed Hummus Salad is a light but very healthy side dish

#20 Cheese it

Blend hummus with an equal amount of feta or goat cheese for a unique spread.

#21 Lighten it

Fold in an equal amount of tangy tzatziki (a thick Turkish sauce made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon, olive oil, dill, mint, and parsley) and garnish with fresh dill.

#22 Individualize it

Spoon hummus at the bottom of plastic cups and insert fresh crudites for fun and portable appetizers.

Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups --- a fun, healthy, portable appetizer --- keep them in the fridge for quick healthy snacks, too

#23 South of the border it

Top with your favorite chunky pico de gallo and plenty of fresh cilantro.

#24 Guac it

Blend your hummus with ready-made or from-scratch guacamole ~ it’s a crowd pleaser!

#25 Pile it

Pile it high with crispy canned or homemade onion strings!  Be sure to crush the strings as you add them so your guests can easily scoop up the hummus.

Homemade Onion Strings ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#26 Blitz it

Process your hummus with an equal amount of roasted red peppers (drained,) a garlic clove, and 1/3 cup roasted walnuts.  Garnish with extra roasted walnuts.

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Hummus ~ 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus

#27 Infuse it

Roasted garlic adds a ton of flavor to a plain hummus.  Whiz it in the processor with anywhere from 1 to 40 cloves!

TIP: To roast garlic, slice the tip end off of a head of garlic to expose the flesh and drizzle with olive oil.  Wrap loosely in foil and bake at 350F for about an hour, or until caramelized and mellow.  Squeeze the end of each clove to remove the garlic. 

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a crowd pleasing appetizer

#28 Truffle it

Blend your hummus with truffle oil and a bit of truffle salt.  Taste to get the proportions just right, and top with more of the oil to serve.  Delish!

#29 Squash it

Use pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)  or other roasted winter squash like butternut or kabocha along with a hint of cinnamon or even vanilla, for a unique variation.  Garnish with pepitas or roasted squash seeds.

TIP: To roast winter squash, pierce it in several places with the tip of a small knife, and then put it, whole, on a baking sheet in a 375F degree oven for about an hour, or until soft.  Slice in half, remove the seeds, and scoop out the flesh.

Kabocha Squash Hummus from 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#30 Elevate it

Top your hummus with rich spiced lamb if you really want to impress those guests ~ Hummus with Spiced Lamb is an unforgettable experience.

Hummus with spiced lamb ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#31 Freshen it

Rosemary has such an amazing piney flavor and I love to take a handful of fresh needles and blend it into my hummus.  Garnish with a fresh sprig and watch it disappear. (Don’t try this with the dried herb, only fresh!)

#32 Umami it

Stir in a tablespoon or two of white miso paste, then top with black sesame seeds.

#33  Accompany it

Serve plain hummus with lots  of fresh homemade pita bread ~ no one will care what kind of hummus you’re serving when you offer them soft, chewy homemade pita.

TIP: You can turn store-bought pita into delicious chips ~ just slice it into small triangles, brush with olive oil and dust with onion salt.  Bake at 350F for 5 minutes per side.

How to make pita bread ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#34 Old Bay it

Blend with Old Bay seasoning to taste.

#35 Roast it

Blend with 2 carrots that have been rough chopped, tossed with olive oil, and roasted in a 375F oven until soft.

#36 Green it

Blend the hummus with 1/2 a package of frozen petite peas.

#37  Brighten it

Add the juice of half a lemon, and top with lots of fresh lemon zest ~ garnish with lemon wedges.

#39 Buffalo it

Blend with smoked paprika, and hot sauce to taste, then top with crumbled blue cheese.

#40 Crunch it

A layer of pine nuts does wonders for hummus, scatter them on as thick as you like, the contrast in textures is wonderful! (This is one of my personal faves.)

TIP: A quick toasting brings out incredible flavor in pine nuts…put them in a small skillet with a little olive oil and stir constantly over medium heat until they take on color and become fragrant.

hummus is the world's most perfect appetizer!

#41 Tapenade it

Top the hummus with a layer of olive tapenade, black or green olives are equally wonderful!

#42 Adobo it

Blend in canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, to taste.

#43 Skewer it

Top a plate of hummus with skewers of barbecued chicken, beef, lamb, or Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs, (below)…but be forewarned, your guests might never leave ;)

Hummus with Turkey and Zuccini Meatballs ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

#44 Choke it

Pulse the hummus with a small jar of marinated artichoke hearts ~ go for a chunky texture.

#45 Detox it

Pulse with a equal parts fresh kale and fresh parsley.

#46 ‘shroom it

Top with mushrooms that have been sauteed with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and parsley.

#47 Dill Pickle it

Process with a few baby dill pickles and pickle juice to taste.  Garnish with thin slices of pickle.

#48 Crust it

Crumble a thick layer of crisp bacon over the top.

#49 Devil it

Fill halved hard cooked eggs with hummus, garnish with snipped chives.

#50  Layer it

Create a fun layered dip with baba ganoush, guacamole, tzatziki, olive tapenade, red pepper spread, feta cheese, and tabouleh ~ or choose from among your favorites.  Do this in a single dish, or individual plastic cups.

7 Layer MediterraneanDip Cups 2

So there you have it, 50 Ways to Hack Your Hummus ~

Have your own personal favorite hacks?  Let me know in the comments, let’s keep this list going!

 

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The doorbell just rang ~ and all you’ve got is a tub of hummus.  What to do?  Here are 50 ways to hack your hummus so you don’t miss a step.  These fun and easy appetizers will get the party started ~ and everybody wins! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

29 Comments

  • Reply
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    January 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    This post is absolutely genius. I love it and I cannot wait to try some of these! Happy New Year!

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    Margaret @ Kitchen Frau
    January 1, 2017 at 12:57 am

    You are so smart. I love all these creative ways with hummus and can’t wait to try some (many) of them!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    December 30, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Love this post, Sue! I always have a tub of hummus in the fridge, and these ideas all take it up a notch!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 30, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Laura, I had a lot of fun doing it :)

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    sippitysup
    December 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Wow, you really like hummus! This proves you’re a hummus genius in fact. GREG

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 29, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Ha, I’ll take that! Thanks Greg :)

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    Susan
    December 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Many years ago I had a Lebanese boyfriend who taught me how to make hummus. Simple, plain, no spices other than garlic. I haven’t eaten it in years, but plain and simple, with fresh pita is the way I like to eat it. That said, you have some very interesting ideas here, which I would consider implementing.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 29, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      You’re so right, a great hummus needs no extras!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    What a great idea for a post Sue! So many fabulous ideas! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy New Year!

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    Emily | Oat&Sesame
    December 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    This is such an amazing list! I think I need to host 50 parties so I can try each one!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

    What a GREAT collection of hummus ideas! They are healthy and delicious…exactly what I would love for the new year :-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      We could start a new trend, Angie, the hummus diet :)

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    Debra
    December 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I like to stir in some curry powder.

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

      I should have added that Debra, and I’ve never tried it, so thanks for the inspiration!

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    guy23
    December 28, 2016 at 10:55 am

    You’re amazing! I looove hummus and I’ve tried about half a dozen different kinds but this is positively mind-blowing. I think I might make 2017 the Year of the Weekly Hummus Hack!

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      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

      *blush* Thanks Guy!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Such a brilliant roundup of incredible hummus ideas! Now I want to serve nothing but hummus for dinner all this week. We used to visit a restaurant that served their homemade hummus warm – talk about delicious! Thanks for all this inspiration!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Tricia ~ I’m crazy for warm hummus, sometimes I let it go in the processor for an extra long time just so it gets warm ~ so delicious!

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    April J Harris
    December 28, 2016 at 10:18 am

    These are wonderful ideas – great ways to make hummus even more versatile! Love the layered dip, and also the herbed version, and the pomegranate idea too. I could go on and on!!

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      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 10:24 am

      I was totally blown away by both basil and cilantro hummus, they’re on our regular rotation now.

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Wonderful post, so many super smart ideas! I’ll never think of serving plain old hummus again!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Ha! I guess not, plain hummus has seen its day :)

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    Cliona Keane
    December 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

    This is such a great post! Hummus is such a versatile party food and this has given me so much inspiration!

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    December 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I will never look at hummus in the same way again! What a splendid collection of hacks you have here! I especially love to beetify my hummus and ooh – bedazzling it sounds like so much fun too!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Hummus topped with meat is one of life’s great pleasures :)
      Happy New Year to you too, Shashi

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    December 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Wow! This is pretty awesome! Hummus used to be one of my staples, so much love for it. I love the jeweled hummus with the pomegranate arils. So yummy!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Emily, those arils come in so handy!

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    Tara
    December 28, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Such a great collection of ways to use hummus! Perfect healthy snack. I particularly love your photos of it topped with pomegranate seeds and the layering.

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      Sue
      December 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Tara, I love to layer, it looks beautiful in one big glass dish, too :)

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