Fall Pumpkin Hummus
Call us basic, but we'll eat pumpkin in just about anything. The texture of fresh roasted or canned pumpkin makes for an ultra creamy hummus, and the fall spices pare nicely with a fresh rosemary garnish.
1-2 Cloves Garlic, unpeeled
1 Cup Fresh Pumpkin, from a small pie pumpkin (see directions for how to roast) OR 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
1 Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Maple syrup, Honey or Agave
1 Tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper To Taste
1/2 Teaspoon Finely Minced Fresh Rosemary
1/4 Cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor
Tovolo Flex-Core Spatula, Stainless Steel Handle
NordicWare Half Sheet Pan
Baker's Parchment Paper, Half Sheet
Equipment for this recipe:
If using a fresh pumpkin, preheat oven to 400º. If using a whole pumpkin, slice in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy insides. Lay cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Prick all over with a knife and roast for 45-60 minutes or until very tender. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your pumpkin. When tender, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Scrape the flesh from the skin, placing 1 cup in the bowl of a food processor. Freeze the rest for use at another time.
Set a skillet over medium high heat (cast iron works best). Once hot, drop in the garlic cloves, peels still on, and cook, shaking occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes. You're looking for the cloves to be blackened on the outside and squish a little when you press on them. Set aside to cool.
Place the garbonzo beans, garlic cloves, olive oil, syrup, spices and a few pinches each of salt and pepper in the bowl of the food processor with the pumpkin. Pulse until well combined. You can puree until smooth, or leave some texture depending on your personal preference. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
To serve, spoon hummus into a shallow, flat serving dish. Sprinkle with the chopped rosemary and pumpkin seeds. Serve with slices of pita bread, naan, chips, or vegetables.
- Chef Lisa Rembold