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May 11, 2010

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet potatoes make everything better. And orange.

Hummus included.

I snagged this recipe out of a magazine before bothering to read the ingredient list. The title said it all.

It’s slightly sweet in a what-is-that-in-a-good-way sorta way. Think roasted red pepper hummus. But better. And crazy good for you. This totally opens a zillion doors. Next up, peas! And beets! And turnips, oh my! You know you’re a vegetable addict when…

Sweet Potato Hummus

(Adapted from Body+Soul)
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 1 19-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • kosher salt and black pepper

Set a steamer basket in a large pot. Fill with enough water to come just below basket and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree.

To the sweet potatoes add the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, oil, garlic, and cumin. Puree, about 1 minute; thin with water if necessary (I added about 1/2 cup). Season with kosher salt (I added 3/4 tsp) and pepper (I added 1/4 tsp) and let cool. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Serve with pita and crudites.

10 Comments
  1. Laura

    May 11, 2010 at 8:07 am


    yum. wow. yum.

  2. molly

    May 11, 2010 at 8:35 am


    Um, yum?! And that bit about red pepper hummus is a great reminder, as I’ve a few totes of roasted Ohio peppers left from last summer, looking for a home. Hummus sounds like a mighty fine landing pad!

  3. Kaitlin

    May 11, 2010 at 8:42 am


    I’m a vegetable addict, too :) I love sweet potatoes!

  4. Stephanie

    May 11, 2010 at 8:52 am


    Oh my!

    Sweet Potato hummus?! WHY HAVEN’T I THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE?

  5. redmenace

    May 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm


    Who reads the list of ingredients? That’s too funny. I do that a lot! And, you’re right on about this one. The title has my heart already. Thanks!

  6. Nicole

    May 12, 2010 at 11:37 am


    My husband thinks he doesn’t like sweet potatoes and so far I’ve yet to convince him, even with all the recipes I’ve tried. Maybe this dip will be the winner!

  7. M.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm


    this would be interesting recipe for me try….sounds really healthy and delicious…plus I get sweet potatoes in my CSA box all the time, I running out of ideas what to do with them…so thank you for posting it.
    :)
    nice photos, I like your triptych.

  8. Cherine

    May 13, 2010 at 4:28 am


    I love this dip! Looks yummy!

  9. Katie @ Cozydelicious

    May 13, 2010 at 9:24 am


    Ooooh, I have never thought to put sweet potato in hummus, but yum! What a great idea – and how pretty! Love it!

  10. Bruce

    May 21, 2010 at 12:51 am


    I love this dip! Looks yummy!

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