Home-made Butternut Squash Hummus recipe
If you like traditional hummus, Butternut Squash Hummus takes things to the next level. This healthy recipe combines the sweetness and nutritional goodness of butternut squash with the traditional hummus ingredients of chickpeas, tahini and olive oil. The squash also gives the hummus a fantastic, rich yellow colour.
Hummus has become increasingly popular as a snack or lunch-box staple in recent years. Although it is easy to buy ready-made hummus, it is really worth trying to make your own. It is very easy to make, tastes great and you know exactly what is in it.
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How to use this Hummus
This hummus is good on its own or you can add chopped herbs, such as parsley or coriander, if you like. I also sometimes sprinkle dukkah on the top if I am using it as a dip. Dukkah is a crunchy Middle Eastern mixture of nuts, generally hazelnuts, and seeds such as sesame, coriander and cumin. Ready-made dukkah can be purchased in many supermarkets but it is really easy to make at home. Have a look at my dukkah recipe if you want to know how to make it.
Butternut Squash Hummus is great as a dip. Use breadsticks, toasted bread or raw vegetable sticks (such as carrot or celery) to scoop it up. You can use it as a filling for sandwiches or flatbread either on its own or combined with other ingredients. Some of my favourite additions include chopped spring onions, roasted peppers, feta cheese, olives and sweet Chilli Jam.
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Other Butternut Squash recipes
If, like me, you love Butternut Squash, there are lots of other ways you can use it in addition to making hummus. It is great in soups such as Butternut Squash and Peanut Butter Soup. It is also a good filling for tarts and pies such as Butternut Squash Tart with Chilli and Sage or Filo Triangles with Butternut Squash and Pinenuts.
Butternut Squash Hummus recipePrint
This home-made Butternut Squash Hummus combines the rich sweetness of butternut squash with the traditional flavours of chickpea and tahini.
- Half a butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 can of chickpeas (240 g or 8 oz drained weight)
- 2 tablespoons of tahini
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt (optional)
- Peel and dice the butternut squash.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the diced squash, season with salt and pepper and cook gently for 20 minutes until soft and caramelised.
- Add the crushed cloves of garlic to the pan and cook of a further five minutes.
- Place the butternut squash and garlic mixture in a blender. Add the chickpeas (retaining a few for decoration, if wished), tahini, lemon juice and Greek yogurt, if using, and process until smoothe. If the mixture is too thick, add a tablespoon of water to thin it out.
- Remove from the blender to a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve topped with reserved chickpeas.
This recipe is vegan if the Greek yogurt is omitted.
Keywords: hummus, butternut squash