Keep things simple and sweet with a traditional hummus recipe you can fix in a flash, and top it all with a variety of toppings and mix-ins. Some of my favorites are:
- Lemon zest
- Olive tapenade
- Sriracha or chili garlic sauce
- Toasted nuts
- Crunchy roasted chickpeas
- Slow roasted garlic
- Pickled vegetables
See?! You can virtually add anything you love to the top of traditional hummus. It’s a blank canvas for all your dipping needs.
Jazzing it Up
So maybe you want to really jazz up the hummus and want some toppings that aren’t so simple. Well, I have that covered too. Think of things that you love and then pair them with hummus. One of my favorite ways to serve up hummus is to brown ground lamb and then serve it overtop the hummus with sumac, fresh herbs, feta cheese and red onion. It’s like a gyro met some hummus and they had a little appetizer baby.
Another option is topping you hummus with pickled ginger, cold seaweed salad and sushi grade tuna or salmon. Take all your sushi loves and combine them with hummus. It’s super trendy right now and would honestly make a great dinner.
I know not every party is set up for massive dipping stations and who really wants to keep getting up (and possibly miss a game-winning play) to spoon more dip onto their plate? That’s why I always include popular bite-size appetizers at any party.
And since making homemade hummus in huge batches is incredibly cost effective, you can even incorporate it into your bite-size snacks. Some of my favorite ways to work hummus into my appetizers is by keeping the dip concept but elevating it to a much higher level. My best bite-size appetizers include:
- Placing hummus into bite-size phyllo cups and topping it with sautéed shrimp, lamb, chicken or even beef
- Spreading hummus on crispy bread and topping with fresh vegetables, fruit or even hard salami
- Roasting sweet potato or yellow potato rounds and then topping with hummus and nuts
Going bite-size doesn’t have to be time consuming! Plus, it’s always fun to set out a try of appetizers that look like you spent lots of time preparing. If they only knew!