(Note: this post was originally published on December 6, 2020. It has since been updated with a few tweaks.)
An Unexpected Sweet/Salty Maple Hummus
Do you ever suffer from dip burn-out? Regular hummus, salsa, guac, and the usual culprits are all wonderful, but sometimes you just need a change. That's where this surprising and festive pomegranate hummus comes in. Its non-traditional flavor profile is delightfully sweet and salty, bringing a unique twist to fall and winter meals.
As you've probably noticed, I have a major hummus obsession (just search "hummus" on this blog if you need evidence). I think it's because we love to entertain friends with a bunch of small nibbles rather than a big formal meal. But whether you love nibbling meals or prefer hummus as an appetizer before a more traditional meal, it's a big winner in terms of both flavor and nutrition.
I designed this maple hummus specifically to have a festive, seasonal vibe. It incorporates some iconic November and December ingredients and looks so special. This holiday hummus will be perfect for your next party!
Sweet & Salty (& Easy!) Pomegranate Hummus
The magic of this recipe is the sweet/salty pairing achieved by combining maple syrup with sea salt. It makes this hummus so unique. Generous black pepper and herbaceous thyme keep things from getting too sweet, while juicy pomegranate arils add freshness and pop. The complex balance of flavors in this maple hummus will make you want to keep coming back for more.
This hummus definitely deserves a place at your holiday table. I'm a big fan of appetizers that have some protein since they keep everyone from getting hangry if the main meal takes a bit longer than expected. It's also incredibly fast to make and can be made ahead of time, which is always such a relief for holiday entertaining.
To prepare this show-stopping holiday hummus ahead of time, make the hummus and store it in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to a couple days. Don't garnish it yet. When you're ready to serve, transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish. Phew, your holiday appetizer needs have officially been solved!
Tahini Love (+ a Discount)
As you guys probably know, part of my immense love of hummus comes from my immense love of tahini. I'm a huge fan of Seeds of Collaboration tahini. It's rich, nutty, and decadent, the perfect pairing for this hummus. And while I'd argue that it's always important to have a good tahini, I think it's especially important in this pomegranate hummus since there are so few ingredients.
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Wondering what else you can do with tahini? The options are endless! It's fabulous in salad dressings (check out my epic vegan salad dressing guide, which contains numerous tahini dressing recipes). It's also an excellent baking ingredient and works beautifully in banana bread, muffins, and blondies. And while this maple hummus is great for the holidays, I have loads of seasonal hummus variations on my blog including for spring, summer, and fall.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here's what you'll need for this holiday hummus 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.
Tahini. Get yourself some Seeds of Collaboration tahini, it's the absolute best! Remember to use the code ROGUE to save 20%.
Flaky sea salt. I love fleur de sel.
Pomegranate arils. There are some good tutorials online for how to open and clean a pomegranate if you're unfamiliar. If you're making this pomegranate hummus for holiday entertaining, I highly suggest cleaning the beautiful (but annoying...) fruit a day or two beforehand.
If you're a fan of the sweet/salty combination (and really who isn't, it's awesome) then this holiday hummus is for you. The combination of sweet maple syrup, tangy sea salt, juicy pomegranate, and woodsy thyme is so special and festive. Plus the sweet/salty combination keeps this hummus feeling fresh and interesting, especially in contrast to the more classic heavy holiday appetizers.
What are you doing over the holidays? Are you hosting or going to some special meals? I hope you'll invite this pomegranate hummus to your festivities, it's all dressed up and ready to party!
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Loaded with sweet and salty flavors, this creamy maple hummus is a festive holiday delight. It unites maple syrup with sea salt and juicy pomegranate seeds for a stunning yet unexpected winter-appropriate appetizer.
In a food processor, combine all the hummus ingredients (chickpeas, tahini, maple syrup, thyme leaves, salt, and pepper). Process for several minutes until a smooth, creamy consistency develops, scraping down the sides as needed. If you have trouble getting a smooth hummus, add a little splash of olive oil or water (the former with yield a richer hummus). Repeat as needed.
Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl and make a swirl in the top.
Garnish with a drizzle of maple syrup, pomegranate arils, additional thyme leaves, more sea salt, and a grind of black pepper.