Last Updated on May 20, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Za’atar Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin Hummus infused with za’atar, cumin and a little spicy kick from crushed red pepper is the perfect flavored hummus to serve at your next party!
In the last 20 years, hummus has permeated American culture. Many catered events include pita and hummus. It’s also often used as the spread in sandwiches. A popular veggie sandwich is hummus, lettuce and tomatoes
Ready made tubs of hummus in a variety of flavors are available in just about every supermarket. I’m not a big fan of classic hummus, made with chickpeas, garlic, cumin, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice. The strong sesame taste from the tahini I find overwhelming. However, I do enjoy other flavored hummus’ like roasted red pepper and beet, where the tahini taste is milder.
Check out some of the other hummus flavors I’ve made!
In my version of Pumpkin Hummus here, I have added a good dose of za’atar that makes the tahini flavor negligible.
PICK YOUR OWN PUMPKINS
Yes that’s right you can easily pick your own fresh pumpkins at your local UPICK FARM! Remember what Mom always said – Fresh is best!
Have you ever used za’atar before? It is one of my favorite spice blends. Used throughout the Middle East, there are slight variations from country to country but is basically a mix of green herbs like parsley, savory and thyme, as well as sesame seeds.
Of course, the best accompaniment to hummus is pita bread. In these photos, I had purchased some whole wheat pita bread, however if you’d like to learn how to make your own fluffy pocket pita bread, check out my Pita Bread recipe here!
Za’atar, crushed red pepper and pumpkin – this is not your ordinary hummus! It’ll be a big hit at your next party for sure!
The nutty flavor from the toasted pumpkin seeds just puts it over the top! Definitely try Pumpkin Hummus the next time hummus is on the menu!
- 1 lb calabaza or kabocha pumpkin peeled and cut into wedges
- 15.5 oz. canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon za'atar
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 cup olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- extra olive oil to serve
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Toss pumpkin with the 2 tablespoons olive oil and place in a baking dish.
- Roast for 45 minutes, until pumpkin is fork tender.
- Transfer the pumpkin to a blender or food processor.
- Add chickpeas, garlic, za'atar, cumin, lemon juice, tahini, salt and pepper.
- Process until smooth.
- With the blender/food processor running, slowly add the olive oil until smooth.
- In a dry skillet, roast pumpkin seeds until golden.
- To serve, drizzle with a little more olive oil and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.
- Serve with pita bread.
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These are so yummy Mir! Roasting the pumpkins would bring its natural sweetness out and they would taste fabulous. What a wonderful twist to the regular hummus. Thanks for sharing it to my event 🙂
Delicious pumpkin humus I need only chips to have it.
wow…pumpkin in hummus…tasty and tempting, thnx for linking !
I love the look of this and it looks so straightforward to make! Definitely one for entertaining.
absolutely or even when you are just looking for a healthy snack with some pita bread!
I love the taste of zaatar, its such a lovely idea to add it to hummus. Using pumpkin to make a delicious, colorful hummus is a good idea. Pumpkin seeds must give it that extra crunch.
It is so interesting to read about this hummus made with pumpkin, love the colour and how good it must have tasted!
thank you – yes it is one of my favorite of the hummus varietal flavors
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
It is nice to see every vegetable making its way into hummus to make it an even more interesting dip… I am totally in love with the orange tint given by this humble vegetable…
I agree – I love all the varietal flavors of hummus that can be made.
I love the original hummus but at the same time I enjoy the variations too . I remember the stores stacked up with such a huge variety of this dip . Pumpkin hummus looks so good , beautiful color and texture and those seeds are making it so oretty .
yes now every supermarket has tubs and tubs of different flavors of hummus!
A perfect dish for gatherings Mir, Pumpkin with delicious spices makes a wonderful dish.
hummus is a guaranteed party pleaser
Wow! I am so looking forward to making this pumpkin hummus next time around. Sounds very delicious.
I am sure you are going to love it as much as I do!