Episode 39: How to Turn Hummus Into Legit Family Dinners
Hummus, hummus, the magical dip, the more you use it, the more you … get to relax about dinner, because, you guys, this stuff really is magic. It’s kid-friendly, high in protein, and good for way more than a snack or lunch. Once you start using hummus as more than a sandwich spread or a dip for veggies and pita chips, a world of 10 to 20 minute dinner options opens up before you.
From how to turn it into a pasta sauce to using it to transform a boring rotisserie chicken into an exciting meal, we share our favorite ideas for turning hummus into a legit family dinner.
Lessons From a Hummusiya
Ideas from Israeli quick-serve counters
Hummus has quickly become America’s favorite dip, but the way we tend to use it is fairly limited compared to how it’s used in Israeli and throughout the Middle Eastern. Though hummusiyas and other hummus-centric quick serve restaurants in the region may not offer particularly varied approaches to how hummus is served, they do inspire a huge variety of hummus meals that can easily serve as dinner. And the magic is in the very simple combination of a hummus base and toppings—nearly any toppings you can imagine. At least when your making your hummus bowl at home.
In this episode, other than a couple of super quick out-of-the box ideas (hummus as a pasta sauce!), we go over how to make and buy hummus and the anatomy of a dinner-worthy hummus bowl.
The gist is that you’ll need:
hummus (we talk through the merits of store-bought vs shortcut homemade vs classically made homemade)
veggies (we throw tons of ideas your way, but thing anything from kohlrabi to the cucumbers and cherry tomatoes you keep on hand for your kid’s lunchbox; also, your veggies can be hot, room temp or cold)
a protein (from shedded store-bought rotisserie to a hard cooked egg or leftovers to quick sautéed ground beef or lamb)
fresh herbs (key, if you ask us, but also often not a kid favorite, so we talk about how to work around that)
flavor bomb toppings (think capers, pickles, quick pickled onions, olives, etc.)
spices and quality olive oil to finish, maybe some acid like a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, too, if you like
And of course, we also talk about what you need to scoop and eat it all up. Because pita bread isn’t the only option.
In fact, this part of the conversation had us wondering: Can this just be another form of nachos?!
Want to dig deeper? If you’re looking to learn more about the things we reference in this episode — and to have all of what you need for the most killer hummus bowl — here’s your one-stop shop:
A word on the core recipe: hummus is made with these four ingredients
Make It Easy, Stacie’s cookbook, which has her favorite shortcut homemade hummus recipe
A recipe for shortcut hummus that takes a little longer, but comes with a trick for separating the skins from canned chickpeas, which yields a super silky hummus
Dizengoff, Michael Solomonov’s hummusiya in Philadelphia
Israeli-Style Hummus (pictured immediately above & top banner)
Hummus Dinner Bowls with Spiced Ground Beef and Tomatoes (pictured top)
How to quick pickle (for onions or whatever else you might want pickled to top your hummus!)
Our episode on spices for our favorite sources: pick up za’atar, sumac, or even some cardamom
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