Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!
Hummus with Forty Cloves is a real conversation starter --- but don't let it scare you, the flavor is sweet and mellow thanks to a long slow roasting of all that garlic!

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic!

Hummus with Forty Cloves is an easy appetizer that doesn't skimp on flavor

I don’t do things by halves.  Why should I when I can get such great results by pushing the envelope just a little bit.  It’s what makes all the difference between a ho-hum appetizer and a memorable one.  Hummus with Forty Cloves sounds outrageous, but hold on, before you get nervous, this is not an overpowering dish.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’m not a huge garlic fan, so you can take it from me.  The garlic flavor in this hummus is deep and rich, for sure, but not pungent because we’re talking about forty roasted cloves of garlic.  They’re sweet and mellow, not sharp.  I used O California Roasted Garlic Oil  in the dish and as a final drizzle on top to reinforce that lovely flavor.  It’s one of O’s newer products and I think you’re going to want to down it by the spoonful.

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

You can get your forty roasted cloves in one of two ways.  You can sometimes find them already roasted in specialty or ethnic markets.   They come in little jars or plastic containers, they keep well in the fridge, and they’re super convenient to have around.

Pre-roasted garlic cloves

But a better idea is to roast them yourself, it’s not difficult and the flavor will be that much fresher and more vivid.   It takes about an hour or so, so plan ahead.

Roast your own garlic for Hummus with Forty Cloves

Slice off the tips from a few bulbs of garlic.  Be sure to slice the tip end and not the root end, so the whole clove stays intact.  I drizzle each clove with a little bit of the Roasted Garlic Oil first, then arrange them cut side up in a small pan, and pop it in a 350F oven for about an hour or so.  I cover it loosely with foil so it stays moist and doesn’t burn.

Roasting garlic for Hummus with Forty Cloves

As the garlic roasts it softens and caramelizes so that it is no longer as potent, but just as flavorful.

Close-up of roasted garlic for Hummus with Forty Cloves

You can now squeeze out the cloves from their papery skins — be sure to count out forty!

Hummus with Forty Cloves


  • 1 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans
  • 40 cloves of roasted garlic or 4 bulbs of fresh garlic for roasting (how to below)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp O California Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
  • approximately 1/4 cup tahini
  • salt
  • a few roasted garlic cloves
  • O Roasted Garlic Oil
  • fresh thyme leaves


  1. If you are roasting your own garlic, preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Slice the tip end off of each bulb of garlic. Set the bulbs cut side up in a small baking dish or on a piece of foil. Brush or drizzle with the Roasted Garlic Oil. Cover loosely with foil and roast for about 60-70 minutes, or until soft and caramelized. Set aside to cool. When cool, pinch out the cloves by squeezing from the bottom of the head with your fingers, they'll pop right out.
  3. Drain and rinse the chickpeas really well. Put in a food processor along with forty cloves of garlic --- count 'em!
  4. Puree for several minutes, scraping down the sides of the machine often, until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the lemon juice and Roasted Garlic Oil and continue to puree, scraping down the sides often.
  6. Add in the tahini and salt and blend well. Finally, add 1/4 cup cold water and give it a final few pulses. Taste the hummus to adjust any of the ingredients.
  7. Turn the hummus into a serving dish, smoothing it out with the back of a spoon.
  8. Just before serving garnish with a few more garlic cloves, a drizzle of Roasted Garlic Oil and some fresh thyme leaves.

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a crowd pleasing appetizer

This is a crowd pleasing appetizer that can go from game night to holiday party without missing a beat.  Just before serving  drizzle on more of that luscious Roasted Garlic Oil, and garnish with some fresh thyme.  Serve with pita triangles, chips, or veggies.  This will NOT disappoint!

This post is in partnership with O Olive Oil


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    December 17, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I love garlic with a passion, doesn’t matter if raw or roasted. This hummus just made at the top of my cooking list!

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