Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic! This conversation starting appetizer is guaranteed to be the hit of your next party!

*This post is in partnership with O Olive Oil

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

Hummus with Forty Cloves sounds outrageous, but hold on, before you get nervous, this is not an overpowering dish.

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.

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!

Where to find roasted garlic

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

How to Roast Garlic

  • 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 is a crowd pleasing appetizer

This is a crowd pleasing appetizer that can go from game day 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!

Want to make your own amazing pita bread? Check out my recipe for How to Make the Perfect Pita Bread!


Hummus with Forty Cloves is an easy appetizer that doesn't skimp on flavor
4.34 from 6 votes

Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow...the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic!  This conversation starting appetizer is guaranteed to be the hit of your next party!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Yield 10
Author Sue Moran


  • 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 Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
  • approximately 1/4 cup tahini
  • salt


  • a few roasted garlic cloves
  • O Roasted Garlic Oil
  • fresh thyme leaves


  • If you are roasting your own garlic, preheat the oven to 350F
  • 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.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas really well. Put in a food processor along with forty cloves of garlic --- count 'em!
  • Puree for several minutes, scraping down the sides of the machine often, until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice and Roasted Garlic Oil and continue to puree, scraping down the sides often.
  • 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.
  • Turn the hummus into a serving dish, smoothing it out with the back of a spoon.
  • Just before serving garnish with a few more garlic cloves, a drizzle of Roasted Garlic Oil and some fresh thyme leaves.
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    June 21, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    3 stars
    I made it per direction except I roasted the garlic in a crockpot instead of the oven. The consistency is very nice but there is a very bitter taste. Looks like hummus but doesn’t taste very good

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      June 22, 2020 at 6:24 am

      My suspicion is that your garlic might have been old Sarah. If it’s old, it can taste bitter. You can tell if garlic is aging because it will develops sprouts in the center of the cloves. That’s the signal to toss it and buy a fresh head.

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    January 24, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Simply smooth, superb & subtle! Great flavour and texture. Another one of your recipes, becomes a family favourite. I’m glad I can make this now rather than buying it! Cheers!

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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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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    December 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I need to make this pronto, it must be amazing!

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    Heidi Larsen
    December 16, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Sounds like a whole lot of garlic but when they’re roasted they’re so mellow and delicious. What a smooth and creamy hummus!!!

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    December 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    That is a serious amount of garlic!!! And I bet it is AWESOME!

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    December 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I am obsessed with roasted garlic AND hummus! This was made for me 😀

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    December 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    The world is a better place because of roasted garlic and recipes like this one 🙂 Love it!

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    December 15, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Oh sounds incredible! Now I am curious about the taste 🙂

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      December 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

      It’s quite rich and mellow, Medeja, not sharp like raw garlic can be.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I’ve been on a homemade hummus kick lately and I have to try this next. I trust you on the 40 cloves of garlic ;).

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    nicole (
    December 14, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I’m a huge garlic fan (roasted or raw) so you had me at 40 cloves. 🙂

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    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 14, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Oh this looks amazing. I LOVE hummus and I LOVE roasted garlic, what a fantastic idea!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 14, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I adore hummus and have made roasted garlic hummus but not like this! This is one of those more is better recipes 🙂 Your photos are fantastic and the texture looks perfect. Love it!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Tricia— I’m planning to do a post someday on how to make the perfect hummus, and texture is my main focus. I like it super creamy!

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    It’s amazing how mellow garlic becomes when it’s roasted like this. Yum, this hummus sounds amazing. Love the idea of roast garlic olive oil too, wow! Pinning!!!

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      December 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      The truth is, I HATE garlic breath, with a passion, and I do everything possible to avoid it. Roasting the garlic seems to take care of the problem!

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    December 14, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Hi Sue,
    Your post has definitely peaked my interest. I’m a bit of a hummus snob – I like it garlicky and lemony mad I Love roasted garlic. 40 cloves of garlic does seem intimidating at first… But roasted garlic, yes maybe since it is sweeter and milder. I’m in! I will try it!! Thank you for your brave post :))

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      December 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Haha, I would never even take a bite of hummus with forty raw cloves, but they really do undergo quite a transformation in the oven 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Bita 🙂

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    Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    December 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Great things come to those who wait … or in the case of this hummus AMAZING things! I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this hummus is! I can’t stop staring, and if it were in front of me I wouldn’t be able to stop eating!

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      December 14, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Thanks for stopping by Lauren — I’m glad I could inspire you today 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 14, 2015 at 10:41 am

    What a pretty bowl and for me, the more garlic the better!

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      December 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

      If that’s true then I think you’d be pretty happy with this recipe, Jennifer 😉

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    Mary Younkin
    December 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

    This hummus sounds divine, Sue!!

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    December 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    YES. i’ve seen and tasted so many versions of hummus, all with their own positive features, but this one hits all the right notes! delicious!

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      December 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

      I know, hummus has been done to death, but I think that’s because it’s so darned amazing and versatile.

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        December 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

        Plus I have an excuse, my husband Grant is literally addicted to it, and wants it at every meal!

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    Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    December 14, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I love roasted garlic and your recipe looks great. I will have to try it.

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    2 sisters recipes
    December 14, 2015 at 5:49 am

    We never tried making hummus before. But since everything you do is amazing, only confirms that this recipe for hummus will be sublime!

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      December 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Hummus is probably the one recipe I make more than anything else in this house — you’ll love it!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    December 14, 2015 at 4:36 am

    wow my mouth is watering terribly, Sue. The hummus looks dang creamy and with 40 cloves of garlic, I bet it’s DELICIOUS!!

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      December 14, 2015 at 7:32 am

      It’s pretty special Angie 😉

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 14, 2015 at 4:13 am

    I’m sure this one is memorable Sue! I’m totally in with the 40 cloves! GO BIG or go home! Yum!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2015 at 7:42 am

      That’s my philosophy 🙂

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