This Roasted Root Vegetable Hummus will change the way you hummus! I know it sounds silly, but it couldn’t be more true. It’s no secret that I love hummus, but hummus is just hummus. Cut up some carrots and celery, maybe grab a pita and call it a snack. And I’m sure that I’m not the only one who thinks this? Hummus and healthy snack go hand-in-hand. It makes it’s way into office fridges, in roasted red pepper, and garlicky pine-nut form; waiting for 3 p.m. to be snagged. It’s got this clean and healthy vibe going for it – you feel healthy and good about rocking a hummus snack on your desk mid-afternoon, and a little sense a pride for picking such a healthy snack as opposed to the 2-bite brownies in the caf.
But, what if I told you that hummus could be more than a snack, but a dinner show stopper??? That this snack can transform into a dish SO gourmet it holds its own as the main event? So delicious in fact that restaurants can dedicate their entire name to the middle eastern dish? Well my friends, it’s true! This is what I discovered a couple weekends ago in Amsterdam atD&A Hummus Bistro. A bistro dedicated to their hummus, offering various types of gourmet renditions. Upon recommendation, Mitch and I ordered the Roasted Root Vegetable Hummus, it came piled with steaming roasted veg, and homemade pita. Our eyes rolled back and we melted further into a dreamland with each sensational bite. We literally didn’t speak to each other until it was finished. Do you know those couples that don’t talk in restaurants and you wonder if they even like each other? I’ve just realized it’s because they’re in food ecstacy. I will never judge again! When we were finished, and back to speaking terms, we both agreed that it would have been better to have ordered just two plates of hummus, each to ourselves; followed by a deep food-coma for the next 12-16 hours. It was THAT good. And although not all the dishes on the D&A menu are vegetarian/vegan, 50% of them are. And I think half a menu dedicated to vegetarian food gets two thumbs up!
Sadly, I am home from one of the most memorable dining experiences of my life. And since this perfect dish in Amsterdam I’ve had nothing but hummus on my mind. Seriously! I’m like a fanatic. I think about it while I’m running, while I’m shopping, brushing my teeth, cleaning the kitchen. I can’t get it out of my head! So, I’ve recreated it here…and by-golly it’s a close match! What I love about this Roasted Root Vegetable Hummus is that it’s so warm and hearty for the winter months. The hummus is served on a warm plate, topped with freshly roasted sweet potato, purple and orange carrot, cauliflower, and beetroot. Then it’s lathered in more olive oil, topped with sesame seeds, a little chopped parsley and salt flakes. Add a little bread in there and it’s comfort food to the MAX. OOOMG, can you see why I had to re-create this dish? There was no way it was remaining a distant memory of my past. Nope, I need this hearty hummus at least 50 more times this winter. Still not convinced? Try it for yourself. Whip up a batch of this hummus and veg, light some candles, crank up the Good Vibes on Spotify and DIG IN! I guarantee you will find it difficult to keep up conversation with a plate of this warm hummus and root veg in front of you. Heck, a table for one will do just fine. Looks like I’ve found my soulmate…never realized it would be in the chickpea form.
Gourmet Roasted Root Vegetable Hummus
- 2 beets
- 4 carrots colour of choice
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 cauliflower
- 1/4 cup avocado oil more or less
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups hummus
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Peel and chop beets and carrots. Chop sweet potato and cauliflower florets into bite sized pieces. Add veg (except beets) to a large mixing bowl and drizzle with enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with 3/4 tsp salt and toss veg. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and layer the veg evenly onto tray.
- Toss beets into mixing bowl and dress with olive oil and 1/4 tsp sea salt. Place on a separate parchment lined baking tray. Transfer all root vegetables into the oven to bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden and cooked.
- Spread hummus into a bowl and top with roasted root vegetables. Serve.
VEGAN – VEGETARIAN – WHEAT-FREE – GLUTEN-FREE – DAIRY-FREE – SOY-FREE – NUT-FREE