Smoked Squash Hummus

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Appetizers, Paleo, Snacks, vegan, Vegetarian | 9 comments



Smoked Squash Hummus

This recipe is part of my review of the Blendtec Designer Series Blender with Twister Jar. To enter to win one for yourself, click the image below!

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I can’t take credit for the genius of this recipe. I found my inspiration for it in Where There’s Smoke by Barton Seaver. The original recipe calls for cooking the squash in a bed of hot embers, which sounds downright dreamy. But I recognize that not everyone has hot embers at their disposal, so this method might not be practical for all. If you do, please go make the recipe exactly as he wrote it. Skip the baguette, obviously, but if you eat the occasional gluten-free sourdough, order yourself some Bread SRSLY. SRSLY. The ingredients are super clean, and this stuff is legit, made the right way right here in San Francisco. If you’re local, check their site for Good Eggs delivery options and local markets that carry it. And if you’re not, you’re in luck because they recently started shipping their sourdough breads all over the country.

I swear I don’t get paid to say any of the above. I don’t even get free bread! I just really appreciate the fact that there’s a good option for when I feel like jumping off the paleo wagon and having a damn good sando.

Back to the matter at hand: Hummus, sans garbanzos.  I made this recipe for the first time for the Fallon Hills Ranch dinner I did last month. It was part of the second course, which was homemade fresh beef sausage, smoked squash hummus, fennel kraut, shaved apples, and micro greens. Yet another example of just how tough it is to eat paleo; it’s just so restrictive. Poor us.

Here we are in action, plating it up:
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When I made this hummus for the dinner, I threw it in the smoker for an hour, and then roasted it until it was super soft. But I wanted to even further adapt this loveliness for those of you who would like to prepare the entire dish from the comfort of your kitchen. Roasting the squash in the oven with smoked paprika gives it the essence of smokiness that you’d get from roasting it in embers. Not the full effect, but it’s still delicious.

smoked squash hummus

smoked squash hummus

 

For the squash
3 pounds squash, diced in one inch pieces (about one medium butternut, or your favorite hard squash)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For the hummus
1 C tahini
1/4 C lemon juice
1 C olive oil
1/8 t chipotle for a kick, or paprika for mild

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Slice the squash(s) in half and scoop out the seeds. Rub with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika. Place on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast squash for 45 minutes to one hour, or until very soft.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the squash into the twister jar of your Blendtec.*
  5. Add the tahini, lemon juice, and chipotle or paprika.
  6. Blend until smooth, using the twister top to keep everything moving.
  7. Drizzle in the olive oil, and continue to blend until very smooth.
  8. Season to taste with additional salt, paprika and/or cayenne, and lemon juice.
  9. Serve with fresh veggies and/or grain-free everything crackers

 

* If you don’t have a high powered blender, you can make this recipe in a food processor.

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9 Comments

  1. This sounds awesome, thanks for breaking it down so we can make in the kitchen! I read somewhere (sorry, can’t remember where) that if you roast the butternut squash with the seeds inside and scoop out after that the seeds impart a nice nutty flavor. I haven’t had the chance to try that theory yet. This recipe is going to get made this weekend!

  2. This will be a fun one to try. My background is Lebanese, and I sure do miss things like humus. I may try this using the embers of the Big Green Egg.

    • Ooooh If you have a big green egg, definitely do it that way! The smoky sweetness is really nice. This was actually the most talked about and loved item at the ranch dinner, and there was a LOT of meat! I think it could definitely fill the hummus void in your life :)

  3. Thanks Simone! We can definitely talk free bread if there’s hummus in it for me ;)

    • haha I’m happy to buy it, but am always happy to barter! :)

  4. I tried this when she made it for a put luck recently… it is by far, the best hummus I have ever tried. A definite keeper!!

    • Is there a recipe for the tahini? Thanks!

      • I’m sure you could make it by grinding sesame seeds into butter, but I’ve always just bought it. It’s usually sold by the nut butters.

  5. So tasty, and the texture is great too. I used a big green turban or kabocha, not sure which it was, but it worked well. Really satisfying! Thanks!

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