(Note: this post was originally published on May 24, 2020. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
Imagine a hummus so epic it needs to be on a platter instead of a bowl. Yup, that's pretty much my appetizer dream. This is exactly what your weekend needs.
This hummus came about early this spring. We were having some friends over for happy hour, and I love to make hummus for entertaining; it's easy, can be made ahead, and allows everyone to build their own plates. But I didn't want to make just any old hummus... I wanted to make Epic Hummus.
This platter is the best of all hummus worlds. It's an eye-catching centerpiece and would be a great addition to your next BBQ or deck party. It's infinitely customizable, both in terms of the hummus itself and all the goodies around the outside, meaning you can make it to suit basically any dietary needs and preferences. And it's deceptively fast to put together, especially if you make the hummus ahead of time.
Moral of the story: this is definitely the right choice for your next party!
The base of this massive platter is a very simple lemon hummus; just chick peas, tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice, a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. That simple base means you can go crazy with garnishes and accompaniments, building up a platter that is quite intricate as a whole.
As shown here, I stayed within a Mediterranean theme, sort of a combination of a Greek salad and a mezze platter. The hummus itself is swirled with pesto and topped with crispy chick peas, pine nuts, sumac, and fresh mint. That beautiful, creamy center is then perfectly complemented by cucumbers, tomatoes, grilled pita, and grilled artichoke hearts for dipping.
Because of the lemon in the hummus, this platter is exceptionally wonderful for spring and summer, when the bright lemony flavor really shines. The lemon is complemented by a sprinkling of sumac, which also has a citrusy flavor and just so happens to be my favorite item on my spice rack right now.
Speaking of tahini, this hummus is evidence of my continued tahini obsession. I've recently fallen in love with Seeds of Collaboration tahini. Their tahini is truly incredible, I recommend it so highly; it's unlike any tahini I've ever found at the store. And thankfully, today is your lucky day since you can get 20% off your tahini order! Just use the code ROGUE at check-out (get a couple jars, you'll fly through them).
My favorite part about this platter? Putting it all together! There's no right or wrong way to do it, and the more intricate it is, the more fun everyone will have interacting with it. In that way, it's sort of an adventure to discover the various flavors and ingredients. This hummus is an excellent excuse to go totally over the top with all the garnishes and accompaniments you can think of.
The list of ingredients below is just a starting point, so take it and run! If you're a garlic lover, feel free to add a couple cloves into the hummus. If you want to add some dairy, some cubes of salty feta would be fabulous. Use basil instead of mint, almonds instead of pine nuts, switch up the veggies, use crackers instead of pita... you get the idea. There's no wrong way to do this.
As written, the recipe below will feed about half a dozen people a pretty robust dinner. Of course that depends on how many accompaniments you serve, and how many bags of pita chips you go through! But I'd assume six people for a nibbling dinner, or 12-15 people for appetizers. Scale up or down as needed, there's always a bigger platter!
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below. This one is really built for customization, so please share what you've done!
Isn't this a fun one?? I love how customizable it is. I think this platter epitomizes how I like to entertain: no-fuss and casual. I much prefer to make a bunch of nibbles rather than a formal meal. And since this hummus is vegan (as written) and can easily be altered to fit specific diets (e.g. no nuts, no gluten), it's a great bet. I like that everyone can build their own plates, taking whatever they enjoy most.
And if you're looking for something simpler, no worries! Just take the hummus part of this recipe and omit the toppings. A simple lemon hummus is wonderful to have stashed in the fridge for putting on sandwiches, dolloping on salads to add protein, or as a healthy snack.
I hope this platter brings some fun to your next get-together. It's basically a hummus party!
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
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A delightfully zippy lemon hummus gets excessively loaded with ALL THE TOPPINGS! Perfect for weekend snacking, especially during the spring and summer.