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hummus-3-ways_6 Well, the holidays are over. The kids went back to school and I am a little sad about it. As much as I love them being at school, I also love having them at home. I am aware that I am a walking contradiction. We had a wonderful holiday, filled with lots of family time, good food, and good company. Santa was generous and we all were spoiled. New Years was an early family dinner at a new favorite restaurant and early to bed. Our New Years looks a lot different these days than they did pre-children. I much prefer it now than in days past. And now, we are back to normal life.

Over the holidays, I did some very casual entertaining, and by casual, I mean that you were asked to come in your pajamas. Everyone was relaxed and it was laid back and a nice way to spend a holiday. I loved it. When I am thinking about what I want to make for guests, I spend a lot of time on the main course and dessert, obviously. But I often forget about the appetizer. I need to have something for people to eat when they come in. It helps keep people’s blood sugar stable. There is nothing worse than very hungry dinner guests staring at you while you are cooking and you have nothing to offer them.

Over the years, I have gotten very good at coming up with appetizers that require minimal effort. One of my favorite things to put out is doctored hummus. There are so many ways that you can change up hummus and make it seem like you worked hard. A lot of times, I make a huge batch of hummus and have it in the fridge, but if I don’t, I like to pick up some hummus from Zoes Kitchen. They make theirs in house and no one will ever know that you didn’t make it yourself. If I am shopping for a dinner, I stop by the olive bar and pick up a few things to embellish my hummus and make it look pretty. Different kinds of olives, roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, artichokes, just about anything works. Here are 3 of my go to ways to perk up some store bought hummus.

hummus 3 waysZoes Kitchen Hummus
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
feta cheese
sliced olives
oven roasted tomatoes
lemon juice
toasted pine nuts
curry powder

hummus 3 waysPut prepared hummus into a bowl. It totally looks homemade that way.

hummus 3 waysAdd the parsley and olive oil to the blender with some salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Pour over hummus.

hummus 3 waysMix olive oil with a teaspoon of curry powder. Brush onto pita rounds that have been cut in half. Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown and crispy.

hummus 3 waysHummus #2 – Layer hummus with feta cheese, sliced olives, and chopped roasted tomatoes. Done.

hummus 3 waysHummus #3 – Squeeze a little lemon juice over hummus, drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top and a generous sprinkling of pine nuts. Hummus 3 ways, with zero effort. Add some pita chips and you are ready to go.

Hummus 3 Ways

Hummus 3 Ways

Ingredients

  • Zoes Kitchen Hummus
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • feta cheese
  • sliced olives
  • oven roasted tomatoes
  • lemon juice
  • toasted pine nuts
  • curry powder

Instructions

  1. Put prepared hummus into a bowl. It totally looks homemade that way.
  2. Add the parsley and olive oil to the blender with some salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Pour over hummus.
  3. Mix olive oil with a teaspoon of curry powder. Brush onto pita rounds that have been cut in half. Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Hummus #2 – Layer hummus with feta cheese, sliced olives, and chopped roasted tomatoes. Done.
  5. Hummus #3 – Squeeze a little lemon juice over hummus, drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top and a generous sprinkling of pine nuts. Hummus 3 ways, with zero effort. Add some pita chips and you are ready to go.
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27 Responses to Hummus 3 Ways

  1. I completely understand your torn feelings about the kids being back at school. I went through the same feelings. Today was so quiet without them! I eat hummus all the time, and I’m definitely going to dress it up more. I love the feta/olive idea.

  2. Staci says:

    Oh yum!! My two-year old loves hummus… I’m giving these all a try. And I love your bowls! Do you remember where they are from?

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  4. I love making hummus myself, but it never quite has the same consistency as storebought…I’ve never thought of doing this trick :) The parsley oil sounds especially delicious!

  5. Denise says:

    Hummus is our favorite go to snack – love the additions you added of parsley and pinenuts. Going to give that a whirl when we are home. As well, I love that you cut the small pitas in half and brushed with curry. I usually just brush w/olive oil and fennel, and leave whole. Kind of too filling!

    Happy New Year!

  6. What a great trio of tastes, Bree! I love hummus on sandwiches and in wraps and I can’t wait to try these!

  7. I love how healthy this trio of awesome hummus is! I definitely will have to try some of your suggestions the next time I make hummus!

  8. Natalie says:

    Love hummus! The added pine nuts sound great!

  9. I miss living in the DC area. So many great recipes to dine. I love hummus and was thinking of making a batch this weekend for football. I think I’ll give this recipe a try! :)

  10. Tom says:

    Our local eatery the Mediterranean Bistro serves a homemade hummus with a side of red salsa that is so hot it takes your breath away. I can’t hardly eat hummus any other way. Fresh pita, feta, kalamata and that red sauce…wow!

  11. Great idea for entertaining! I’d probably make my own hummus though ;)

  12. Stephanie says:

    I have a confession: sometimes I make a dip like hummus and eat the entire bowl for lunch or dinner. Looks like my ‘meal’ just got a lot fanicer with your topping suggestions ;)

  13. My favorite hummus recipe has olives in it, so I know I’d love your version! Plus, it looks even better than the one I made!

  14. Amy says:

    I made this for our football party last weekend. I used your homemade hummus recipe instead of buying it. For toppings I used pesto w/pine nuts, roasted red peppers, and kalamata olives. Delish and super easy.

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