Summer months are wonderful for sharing with neighbors, family and friends. Dinners on the patio, block parties and outdoor gatherings are even more special when you can serve tasty, simple foods that don’t require much effort on your part. Our classic organic hummus, roasted red pepper and roasted garlic hummus are the perfect summer staples because they’re so versatile and require no refrigeration.
What can you do with hummus? Perhaps the better question is- what can’t you do with it? Here are some of favorite ways to serve Pacific hummus.
- Let it roll. Slice a cucumber or zucchini along the length of the vegetable into long thin strips. Spread a thin layer of roasted red pepper hummus over each strip and roll them into bite-sized appetizers. Top them with an olive and secure each roll with a toothpick.
- Have a pita party. Assemble a hummus bar equipped with pitas, hummus, falafel, chicken or lamb, feta cheese, olives, veggies and fresh mint. Let everyone fill their pitas with their favorite toppings.
- Fill ‘er up. Hollow out small-sized bell peppers and fill them with roasted garlic hummus. Fill celery “boats” with hummus and top with goat cheese and roasted red pepper slices for a tasty and colorful veggie tray.
- It’s a wrap. Fill oversized whole wheat or spinach tortillas with hummus, lettuce, tomato, cheese and marinated red onions. They’re great for taking along to outdoor picnics and can be made several hours before serving.
- Go old school. Put out hummus in a bowl and sprinkle with a little paprika for color. Or dress with a little olive oil and pine nuts for a rich, creamy flavor. Serve with bowls of fresh veggies, pita chips or crudités.
- Make a pizza. Spread original hummus over flatbread and top with Monterey Jack cheese, red onion and artichoke hearts. (See our pizza party post for more tasty ideas.)
- Dip in. Mix hummus with avocado, black beans and a little salsa for a dip that will rock your corn chips.
- Show us your grill. Spread a light coating of roasted garlic hummus, olive oil and sea salt over chicken breasts or portobello mushrooms before you fire up the grill. The hummus makes the chicken moist and gives a complex flavor to the mushrooms.
- Use your noodle. Hummus offers a creamy addition to chilled pasta salad instead of mayonnaise. Whisk the hummus with a little vinaigrette salad dressing before tossing into the pasta and veggies. Or serve warm in this pasta recipe.
- Slice and Serve. Cut a baguette into thin slices. Brush with olive oil and bake in the oven until crisp. Top with classic hummus, basil, tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a bruschetta that’s sure to please.
We can’t say enough about the flexibility of cooking with hummus. Did we miss something? Let us know what you’re making at home and post it on our Facebook page.