July 17th, 2018

The Kosher Gourmet

The unexpected genius of 'sweet potato hummus'

Hetty McKinnon

By Hetty McKinnon TheKitchn.com

Published July 17, 2017

The unexpected genius of 'sweet potato hummus'
Roasted cauliflower is my weeknight staple. It is one of the simplest vegetables to prepare when in a hurry, as it only takes about 20 minutes to roast, and cooking it in a hot oven unlocks its earthy sweetness. This bowl features powerful complements to that sweetness: lentils, cilantro, and sweet potato hummus.

Best of all? Every single piece of this vegetarian bowl can be made ahead of time and tossed together in a flash for a wholesome, delicious meal.

The unexpected genius of sweet potato "hummus"

Aside from being utterly delicious, the sweet potato hummus in this bowl is a great way to increase your vegetable intake! Also, there are no chickpeas in this hummus -- perhaps we should call it "hummus" or hummus-inspired.

As a replacement for chickpeas, the natural sweetness of sweet potato melds perfectly with nutty tahini to produce a really knockout sauce.

Sweet potatoes are interchangeable with butternut squash in this hummus-inspired recipe. If you are short on time, you could even use canned pumpkin puree. If you are feeling fancy, add a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for some extra spice.


MAKES 4 servings

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into small florets

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup black lentils

  • 3 tablespoons tahini

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed

  • 2 packed cups baby spinach leaves (about 2 ounces)

  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400 F.

Place the sweet potato, 2 tablespoons of water and the garlic in a small saucepan with a pinch of salt. Cover and cook over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until very soft, 20 to 25 minutes. If the sweet potato dries out, add another splash of water. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, roast the cauliflower and cook the lentils.

Place the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden-brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes; set aside.

Place the lentils and a big pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover the lentils by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain off any remaining water.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, tahini, cumin and lemon juice to the sweet potato. Whisk to break up the sweet potato and combine until fairly smooth. Taste and add more salt, oil, or lemon juice as needed.

Place the roasted cauliflower, lentils and spinach in a large bowl and toss to combine. Dollop the sweet potato hummus onto a large serving dish. Spoon the cauliflower mixture over or next to the hummus. Sprinkle with the cilantro and pumpkin seeds.

Recipe notes: The cauliflower can be roasted one day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The sweet potato hummus can be made and refrigerated up to four days ahead. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.