Warm Hummus with Spiced Lamb

Hummus recipe with spiced lamb

This was a bang-up year for cookbooks. Although my editor isn’t thrilled, I am glad that I didn’t have a book come out this fall with all the other great books that have crossed my path. Because it’s nice to be able to spend some time cooking and baking through them. (While I work on edits for mine, coming out next year. If I finish it…) One cookbook that I didn’t know much about was Soframiz, which I saw in my publisher’s catalog. They just happened to be sending me a copy of someone else’s book, so I asked them to include a copy of that one too.

Spiced lamb sausage recipe

During my first look through the book, I found it had an unusually high interest-to-cooking ratio for me. The women who wrote the book have a bakery and café, Sofra, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Being somewhat out-of-touch with many of the restaurants and bakeries that have opened in the States, everyone that I recommended the book to, said the same thing: “Oooh, that’s one of my favorite places!”

Chickpeas for Hummus recipe with spiced lamb

So until I get there, I’m happy to have their book, with recipes inspired by the cooking and baking of Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. I’m also a big fan of the foods and flavors from those countries, and the ones that surround them, which the authors (and chefs) – Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick –  feature so well. I bookmarked a bunch of recipes, including Simit, twisted circles of sesame-crusted bread rings dabbed with pomegranate molasses before baking, flaky cheese-filled Borek (pie) topped with nigella seeds, and caramel-like Sesame cashew bars, which they say are the best-seller at their bakery.

Hummus recipe with spiced lamb

The are few recipes in the chapter of Middle Eastern flatbreads in Soframiz also got bookmarked, but I was most intrigued by the Warm Hummus with Spiced Lamb. I was introduced to Turkish-style hummus at Zahav, where it came to our table in a little skillet, warm and slightly charred on top…and it was absolutely sensational.

I had warm hummus again at Taci’s Beyti, a Turkish restaurant in Brooklyn, where it’s served topped with pastirma, the Turkish version of pastrami. People associate pastrami with New York or Eastern Europe, but there’s a tradition of making and eating it in Turkey, too. Which makes me think I should take that long-overdue trip back to Turkey someday. (Although my editor would probably physically go there, and drag me back.)

Hummus recipe with spiced lamb

Hummus recipe with spiced lamb

Unlike other kinds of hummus, this one doesn’t have tahini (or garlic) in it. I know…right? I always though hummus had to have both. Kind of like most of us, myself included, didn’t realize pastrami had Turkish roots.

Although meat may sound funny to you with hummus, since it’s often sold as a vegetarian dish, the combination with the juicy spiced lamb, moistened with tomatoes and a dab of hot sauce, makes a great lunch or dinner scooped up with pita or flatbread. It would make a wonderful part of a Middle Eastern feast, should you be so inclined, perhaps with Labneh, a big bowl of Tabbouleh, and pickled turnips.

Hummus recipe with spiced lamb

Warm Hummus with Spiced Lamb
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4 to 6 servings
Adapted from Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe by Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick The original recipe called for cooking dried chickpeas (1 cup) in 6 cups of water, along with a bay leaf and a pinch of baking soda, until soft, at least 45 minutes, then adding 1 teaspoon of salt during the final few minutes of cooking. I usually cook my own chickpeas but in this case, I went with canned, which I keep on hand for hummus emergencies, like I was having when I made this. If using canned chickpeas, you'll need two 15-ounce (425g) cans. (For those scratching their head at my math, the weight of canned chickpeas is often listed with the liquid in it.) Any leftovers can be marinated in vinaigrette and tossed in your next green salad. A few things to remember: The hummus should be made with warm chickpeas. If using canned, warm the chickpeas first, either in saucepan or microwave, so the butter melts and the hummus is smoother. Pine nuts are fairly expensive, especially the ones not from China. (Which have been implicated in Pine Nut Syndrome.) However the pine nuts add a special flavor to the dish, even though they're used in a rather small quantity. (Pine nuts from other places are fine.) If you want to omit them, you can and a few pumpkin seeds would work in their place. If you don't have harissa, use a generous tablespoon of tomato paste and add a sprinkling of red chili flakes along with the spices, for some heat. Ground beef or poultry could be swapped out for the lamb, although it won't have the same flavor. For serving, ideally the hummus should be served warm along with the spiced lamb. This is one of those places where the often-maligned microwave oven could come in handy, to rewarm it before topping it with the spiced lamb mixture. Conversely, you can warm the hummus is shallow baking dish, in a 300ºF (150ºC) oven, covered with foil for 15 minutes.
For the hummus
2 cups (340g) warm chickpeas, drained, liquid reserved
3 to 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted, at room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil
For the spiced lamb
8 ounces (225g) ground lamb
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (110g) canned chopped tomatoes, with liquid
1/4 cup (60ml) chickpea cooking liquid
4 scallions, chopped (white and green parts)
1 1/2 teaspoons harissa
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
For the hummus
1. Puree chickpeas with 3 teaspoons of the lemon juice, salt, and cumin in a food processor or blender. Mix in the soft butter and olive oil.
2. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle in a scant 1/2 cup (125ml) of the chickpea liquid and puree very well, until the hummus is as smooth as possible. If necessary, add more liquid, a tablespoon at a time, until the hummus is the consistency of sour cream. (I ended up adding 2/3 cup but yours may take more or less.) Taste and adjust, adding another teaspoon of lemon juice or salt, if desired.
For the spiced lamb
1. Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the lamb, season with the salt, and cook it, breaking it up as it cooks, until it's almost cooked through, about 4 minutes.
2. Add the allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, tomatoes and 1/4 cup (60ml) chickpea liquid. Cook until the liquids are slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
3. Stir in the scallions and harissa and cook for another couple of minutes, until the liquid is reduced (but the meat is still very juicy) then remove from heat and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Mix in the flat-leaf parsley.

Serving and storage: To serve, spoon the warm hummus onto a serving plate or bowl and use the back of a soupspoon to make a crater in the middle of it, leaving a rim. Spoon the spiced lamb into the middle of the hummus and sprinkle with pine nuts.

There are some tips in the headnote before the recipe for serving the lamb and hummus warm at the same time. Pita or a similar flatbread, or crackers, are good accompaniments. If you want to make your own flatbread, you can use the bread base of my man'ousche recipe, and there is a recipe for yufka, a nonleavened flatbread, in the Soframiz book.

Both the hummus and lamb sausage can be made in advance and refrigerated up to 3 days.

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73 comments

  • November 2, 2016 3:56pm

    Thanks so much for the tip about canned chickpea weight- that explains every hummus recipe I’ve ever seen. I’ve never had hummus warm, or with meat before, but this sounds absolutely phenomenal.

  • November 2, 2016 4:10pm

    David this looks so good! I am always looking for a good hummus recipe as I’ve made a few that have been disappointing.

    This one looks amazing and the spiced lamb looks so delicious. I will have to make this dish!

  • November 2, 2016 4:12pm

    Looks wonderful, I’ll have to try it! Thanks for posting the recipe :)

  • November 2, 2016 4:26pm

    This looks so delicious. I have never had warm hummus before, or hummus with meat on it – definitely one to try.

  • David
    November 2, 2016 4:28pm

    Have you tried YO’s version (in Jerusalem)?

  • November 2, 2016 4:29pm

    This is a recipe after my own heart, David! I’m going to check the book out. Just reading about what’s in it, it took me back home! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jane Sherwin
    November 2, 2016 4:34pm

    We live up the street from Sofra, and adore eating there. Not to mention Ana Sortun’s Oleana in Cambridge and Sarma in Somerville. What joy in such full flavors and delight in fine cooking. The cookbook is very fine. Thank you for this!

  • Gayle Thompson
    November 2, 2016 4:43pm

    I’ll second Jane Sherwin’s reco of Sofra, Oleana and especially Sarma, which is one of my personal faves.

    Anna Sortun performs magic with food and is a local phenom. Her husband grows much of the produce for her restaurants and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

  • Emrah
    November 2, 2016 4:55pm

    A little info about Pastrami and its roots : Pastrami has its roots to nomadic Turkic Culture.
    Nomadic Turks naturally had no cellars, keep their meat between saddle and fur of the horse when on the move, meat becomes pastrami with the help of spices, Horse’s body heat and friction there.

  • Katie
    November 2, 2016 5:12pm

    David, is there a reason why the hummus recipe doesn’t call for tahini?

    Thanks!

    Katie

    • November 2, 2016 5:49pm
      David Lebovitz

      I actually don’t know. The only thing I was able to find on that subject was from chef/author Ana Sortin, who also wrote a book called “Spice,” who said – “In Cappadocia, they make hummus without tahini, and they use butter instead of olive oil because of its quality and availability.” When I went to a hummus factory, they said less affluent cultures in the Middle East use less tahini in their hummus than others. Perhaps the remoteness of Cappadocia means that people use butter (which they could make themselves) rather than tahini, which is purchased. But that’s just a guess. If anyone else knows, that’s a good question and I’d love to know, too!

      • Allison
        November 2, 2016 7:18pm

        In Hebrew (not sure about Arabic or Turkish), hummus means both the dip and also just chickpeas. Maybe that’s why this is still called hummus even though it doesn’t have tehina in it?

  • Deb
    November 2, 2016 5:14pm

    Looks great, thanks for posting!

  • Sarah N-J
    November 2, 2016 5:17pm

    This sounds amazing. I’ve made a grocery list for my Saturday trip to the Kitchener Market; will make this weekend.

    Thanks so much.

  • Robin
    November 2, 2016 5:20pm

    These are my favorite restaurants/bakeries here bar none. I went to the cookbook release dinner at Oleana last night and this was one of many dishes served. They had the event in conjunction with Lior Lev Sercarz’ new book on spice blending (The Spice Companion). Everything was divine! Also served last night and fabulous was the butternut squash gozleme with tomato brown butter, green Apple fattoush, sesame cashew bars and more. Highly, highly recommend! Sofra Bakery has incredible baked goods and I love their tahini hot chocolate!

  • Mona
    November 2, 2016 5:48pm

    So, does this mean that you may one day visit Boston? We have been waiting only FOREVER for you to come and sign our books and give a little talk. There is hope for us yet!

  • esha shrestha
    November 2, 2016 5:51pm

    Hi David, was browsing for your books at WHSmith in paris but did not find them. I am specifically looking for “My Paris Kitchen”.

    Thanks

    • November 2, 2016 5:58pm

      Esha, I’ve got mine from Amazon France… Good luck – it’s worth every centime.

  • November 2, 2016 5:57pm

    Only a few days ago, eating out in a Marocan restaurant, we had a lamb dish and home-made hummus by the side – I can very well imagine how wonderful it may be eaten warm….. A pre-winter-warming-meal proposition which gives ‘envie’ to spend more time at the cooker – although we have eaten in our (non heated) veranda today as well as yesterday (lunch). Thank You so much for this – I’m going to try that out, I love hummus…. and lamb….

    PS_ The feature ‘follow’ comments is still not back to use – I’m slightly worried as I am loosing track of yours and ‘theirs’ – sorry to bother you again.

    • November 2, 2016 6:03pm
      David Lebovitz

      Thanks for circling back. My web developer said that the recipe “plug-in” that I’m now using, that added the print option for recipes, somehow conflicts with that so it got disabled. Since I’m not a techie, I’m not sure why. But unfortunately, that’s what he told me.

  • Anne
    November 2, 2016 6:02pm

    This reminds me of the hummus with ground lamb and pine nuts from The Moro cookbook. The restaurant in London is one of my favs and this book as well as Casablanca Moro have lots of eastern med. fare.

  • Anne
    November 2, 2016 6:03pm

    Darn auto Spell check in prior comment! casa mono is the book’s name!!!

  • November 2, 2016 6:33pm

    You had me at “hummus!” Love your blog and love the fact that you do not embed into the main feed annoying ads. I don’t mind them on the side, where you place them. Thank you, David, for doing such an awesome job with everything you do. It’s inspiring!

  • Sophia
    November 2, 2016 6:46pm

    The recipe and the book sound divine! Might try this at the weekend.

  • Aysha
    November 2, 2016 8:43pm

    What should we replace the chickpea cooking liquid with (in the lamb recipe) if we’re using canned chickpeas? Water? Part water, part aquafaba? Thanks!

    • November 2, 2016 8:45pm
      David Lebovitz

      In the ingredient list it says to reserve the liquid after draining, so that’s what you use.

  • Scott
    November 2, 2016 9:06pm

    Any news on YOUR new book…. the one hopefully for next year?

    A “My Paris Kitchen” Vol.2??

  • Catherine
    November 2, 2016 10:17pm

    Mr. Lebovitz, I don’t know if you have any input on how your ‘pins’ get formatted, but could you possibly include your name in the description? I manually add it whenever I save one of your posts, because it adds a level of ‘this must be a good recipe’ to it. Just a thought. Your posts and efforts are appreciated greatly here in Wisconsin. Thank you!

    Thanks. That’s a “known issue” at Pinterest and for some reason, at the moment, a lot of pins have recipe titles and where they are from, missing. They are working on fixing that so hopefully it’ll be soon. -dl

  • David
    November 2, 2016 10:43pm

    I was an avid Hummous maker while at Uni. Tinned chick-peas mostly, as I didn’t have much time (Physics is more than just a 9 – 5 every day subject). I was rather heavy on the garlic. I’d be eating it while on an all-nighter in the lab running my experiment – occasionally friends would drop by with relief parcels of food. It was 24 hrs on, 8 hrs off.

    Similarly I’d run in relief parcels for friends when they were doing an all-nighter.

    These days it would not be allowed for (a) food in labs (b) working all night in the lab – essentially, I was on my own in the whole lab.

    Mind you, earlier in the evening, there were various musical groups practicing – I think the lab could have put up a decent small orchestra (which I would have been a member of).

    Some blog or other that I follow mentioned the idea of using other beans other than chick, and other seed oils other than tahini. And certainly there are both available, pumpkin seed paste being a recent discovery (at least for me).

    I have seen such things – the other bean/oil paste that is – in Supermarkets recently.

    While not authentic, there does seem to be a whole world of faux-hummouses to explore. With or without garlic. Or “hummous” with other flavours, such as roasted tomato, [red peppers] [capsicums][bell peppers] or harissa.

    When spring comes around, I love the first pitta split, hommous, warm falafel, tomatoes, salad (often with chicory) lemon juice… it’s the wrong end of the year for those thoughts,,,

  • November 2, 2016 11:03pm

    Oh, I so need to make this. We visited Turkey last year and just fell in love with the food. Literally did not have a bad meal. Thanks for sharing this! And now it reminds me I need to check out Sofra down the street…
    Thanks!

  • cindy
    November 2, 2016 11:21pm

    Thanks for the shout out to my favorite neighbors, David! Hope you’ll come to Cambridge for a visit sometime soon! Huge fan of yours…

  • phyllis
    November 3, 2016 2:29am

    I too had always assumed Hummus had added tahini though not adding it makes sense since hummus simply means chickpeas. This is such a basic recipe and looks like something I make all the time that is similar. What would we do without chickpeas?

  • November 3, 2016 3:37am

    To chime in with all the other readers, I can’t get enough of Sofra. Oleana (one of Sortun’s other restaurants) is one of my favorite restaurants in the world and I always try to go there when I’m back East visiting my mom’s family. The first time we ate there about 5 years ago, we had the chance to talk to Ana as it turns out she used to live in Seattle where I live. If I can’t snag a table at Oleana, however, Sofra is a great more casual daytime alternative. It’s hard not to order everything off the menu- savory AND sweet. I’ve made a few things out of her “Spice” cookbook (for Oleana) liked the labneh and whipped feta spread and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • November 3, 2016 3:52am

    Butter hummus! How marvelous!

  • Ambica
    November 3, 2016 5:51am

    David, Apparently there is a variation of hummus that is made with olive oil called ‘hummus bi zeit’. You can read all about it at the end of this post.
    http://desertcandy.blogspot.com/2007/07/hummus-dilettante.html?m=1

  • Di
    November 3, 2016 6:49am

    This looks delicious and I’m happy to see minus the garlic. I’ve just become sensitive to it this past year and it’s in so many things. Can’t wait to try it.

  • November 3, 2016 2:00pm

    I am completely drooling over this recipe; it reminds me so much of the dish I order most often at my favorite Lebanese restaurant in Salt Lake. And thanks for the shout-out!

  • Julia
    November 3, 2016 7:35pm

    So glad you featured this. I love Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatric’s restaurants, their restaurants Sarma and Oleana even a bit more than Sofra, and don’t think they get enough recognition beyond the Boston area. Sortun’s earlier cookbook Spice is full of gems, many of them favorites from the Oleana menu, even if it doesn’t have stylish graphic design and photos like Soframiz. Try the recipies for fattoush or carrot spread with dukkah.

  • November 3, 2016 7:36pm

    this looks so wonderful! Perfect for a winter dinner party.

  • Clara
    November 3, 2016 9:01pm

    David, here in Eastern Massachusetts, where Sofra is located, Hummus made with Tahini is known as “Hummus Tahini”, at least in the Lebanese community. I think this implies that Hummus made with out Tahini is just called “Hummus”. After seeing this recipe I am going to have to make an effort to get to Sofra and to buy the cookbook. We “LOVE” eastern mediterranean food. Clara

  • November 3, 2016 10:09pm

    I love lamb, especially ground lamb! I can’t thank you enough for having all your recipes re-done into a print friendly format, it’s very much appreciated and I’ve printed up five of your recipes today! Thank you, David!

  • Rachelle
    November 4, 2016 6:48am

    Hi David, I’m keen to try this on the weekend! I’m curious… 225g of lamb mince doesn’t seem like much for 4-6 people. Would you have added more?

    • November 4, 2016 12:55pm
      David Lebovitz

      The mixture filled the pan (9-inch/23cm) which was enough for the amount of hummus. It’s more of a garnish for the hummus, rather than the main “event.” But if you’re concerned, you can increase the spiced lamb amount.

    • GiGi
      November 12, 2016 5:53pm

      Rachelle, I made this for election night dinner. Despite the election results, the dinner was great. I used 2 lb of ground lamb and 6 cans of chick peas. The recipe is very forgiving. That amount was perfect for 6 people. I made homemade harissa (quite easy) and served on the side. Very simple and delicious meal.

  • November 4, 2016 12:18pm

    I visited Turkey about 10 years ago…and fell in LOVE with ALL of their food, in general, not to mention the hummus!! This looks divine! I’m a huge fan of hummus (I make a huge stash once a week) but I’ve never made it like this! I usually stick to the basics, or add spinach or sweet potato.
    http://www.bitesforfoodies.com/recipes/sweet-potato-hummus/
    http://www.bitesforfoodies.com/recipes/spinach-chickpea-hummus/
    http://www.bitesforfoodies.com/recipes/lemony-white-bean-hummus/

  • November 4, 2016 5:48pm

    This sounds heavenly. I think of hummus as something to eat cold, so it’s a revelation. It’s so great to find a new way to eat a favorite food!

  • Roxanne
    November 4, 2016 6:02pm

    If one is in the area, there is another, excellent cafe just a bit further down the street from Sofra called Seta’s Cafe at 271 Belmont St. I am a big fan of both.

  • November 5, 2016 5:34am

    I never think about warming hummus (I always eat it cold with crusty French bread or crackers), but this looks fabulous, and lamb is one of my favorite foods. Will definitely be giving it a go, as it’s simple too.

    Thanks for this, David.

  • November 5, 2016 2:51pm

    Made for lunch today alongside roasted aubergine – absolutely delicious – thank you! And naturally gluten free too. It doesn’t get much better!

  • Kira
    November 5, 2016 3:52pm

    Made this last night and it was absolutely delicious…even better served with your suggestion of Labneh on the side. Thanks David!

  • Cecily
    November 5, 2016 4:22pm

    Hi David, I live in Paris and find it practically impossible to buy ground lamb – any suggestions? Thanks

    • November 5, 2016 4:25pm
      David Lebovitz

      I never see it sold already ground but most butchers will grind it for you.

  • Nancy H.
    November 5, 2016 6:09pm

    David, this is off topic, but I didn’t know where else to put it. Please let me know for future reference! Yesterday for the first time I had a “chocolust cookie” from Katrina Rozelle bakery in Alamo, Ca. There is another one on College Ave. in Oakland. Oh! My! God!! It was THE best chocolate cookie ever. Now I want to make a batch for my husband, but with the zillions of recipes out there, I don’t know what one would most closely approximate it. Are you familiar with this cookie? (Everyone should be!) Can you point me to a recipe that would most closely resemble it? THANK you SO much!! (It was hard not to do all caps, and all exclamation points throughout…the cookie is that good!)

  • Rainey Vivier
    November 5, 2016 10:44pm

    I made this for my family tonight and it was delicious! We all decided it is a must-do-again meal. Thanks David.

  • Nancy H.
    November 6, 2016 2:44am

    P.S. Sorry for leaving my question re:Katrina Rozelle here but it was a current thread, and when I searched for chocolate cookie, the threads were all really old (as in past years) and I wasn’t sure if anyone would see my question there, or answer it. Would someone please let me know what the protocol is in this type of situation? Thanks! :)

  • November 6, 2016 1:15pm
    David Lebovitz

    Rainy: Glad you and your family liked it. It’s a pretty delicious combination, the warm spiced lamb and creamy-smooth hummus. Happy it was a hit!

    Nancy H: I don’t know their cookie but the best thing to do would be to ask them. Some bakeries are generous with information and will probably let you know how they’re made, although they probably don’t have a home-sized recipe that they’ll share.

    • Nancy H.
      November 9, 2016 3:02am

      Thanks so much for the tip,
      David! I thought they might be guarded. You’ve confirmed what I’ve often suspected – that bakers are often wonderfully willing to share a lot of helpful information. I will take your advice, and see what I can find out. Meanwhile I have been gathering recipes to experiment with, among them your “Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies” from “Room for Dessert”. Looking forward to all this experimenting. Thanks so much again, for all that you do, and share!

  • Sarah N-J
    November 6, 2016 6:27pm

    I just finished making this for Sunday lunch, after picking up the ingredients yesterday from the wonderful farmer’s market here in Kitchener, Ontario.

    I made it according to the recipe, starting with dried chickpeas rather than canned. The only change was walnut oil instead of olive oil in the hummus, because I don’t like the taste of olive oil. (Weird, I know. I love olives of all kinds.) David, this was delicious. Easily the best thing I’ve made in quite a while. The hummus in particular was addictive, kept taking another spoonful. The combination of the lamb and hummus–so good.

    Will definitely be making this again.

    Thanks for a great blog.

  • November 7, 2016 2:12pm

    I’ve always been looking for a hummus recipe and this one is just so perfect. My family loved it so I’ll definitely make this again. Thank you for this recipe, this will also definitely be in my list of “family’s favorites”.

  • Eylem
    November 7, 2016 3:27pm

    This is sooo good. I made it yesterday with tiny cut lamb leg (no grinder at hand) and also made the harissa from that link you posted. Tesekkürler! Thank you very very much. Made my Sunday :)

    • November 7, 2016 3:30pm

      Ah one thing that I did and might come handy here- I made the hummus from chickpea flour – roast it till its fragrant and mix it with boiling water and all the other ingredients and voilà there is your warm hummus :)

  • Diana
    November 7, 2016 6:16pm

    Hi David,

    Another delish recipe that I will definitely try.

    Knowing that you are the master here, I have an off topic question about using frozen fruit puree (ie Boiron) instead of juice when making sorbets or sherbets or even ice cream for that matter. What would be the right proportion of sugar / liquid to use.

    Thanks!

    • November 7, 2016 6:43pm
      David Lebovitz

      I haven’t used many frozen fruit purees for sorbets and ice creams, but Boiron does have a list of recipes on their website. I often try to list the amount of puree I add in my recipes and in many cases, frozen puree can be used.

  • Bill
    November 7, 2016 10:26pm

    Hello David,

    As soon as I saw this I knew that it would be a hit. Made it that evening and I was correct. Everybody loved it and I will be taking the recipe back to France with me for those pre-holiday aperos that are so numerous.

    Thanks for another great addition to the repetoire.

  • November 9, 2016 3:42pm

    I made this recipe last night for dinner, however used ground turkey instead of lamb and sauteed an onion with the ground turkey instead of adding green onions. Hummus was leftover from a previous meal so it had tehini in it but I added water to make it a little thinner. Absolutely delicious and a hit at my dinner table. I will definitely make it again very soon. Thank you for sharing.

  • MicHell
    November 13, 2016 5:08am

    My advice would be to remove the skins of the chickpeas one by one before processing, it shouldn’t be too difficult and improves both taste and texture as well as being easier to digest. Instead of oil or tahini, throw a handful of roasted cashew nuts in the blender.The recipe I am familiar with has no tomatoes but caramelized onions instead. For a more authentic middle-eastern version, ground lamb can be substituted with sauteed thin slices of lamb or turkey kidneys or small. chunks of veal sweetbreads. Do not overcook. For spices, baharat is de rigueur or alternatively allspice, nutmeg/mace and even a little cardamom. Topple with your choice ofchopped parley, sumac, pomegranate seeds or dry mint. Enjoy.

  • Altona
    November 14, 2016 8:54am

    We made it yesterday and it was delicious. We’ll have it again for sure and I am also tempted to experiment with some more ingredients, such as pomegranate seed or even a bit of yoghurt. But I would not substitute the lamb with any other grounded meat, as we really like the distinct taste of lamb in this dish.
    Thanks a lot for the recipe!

  • E E Faris
    November 14, 2016 9:54pm

    David,
    I can’t wait to make this tonight.
    On pine nuts: apparently pine nuts harvested in Russia are an ecological problem, see NYT link http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/19/opinion/making-pesto-hold-the-pine-nuts.html?_r=0
    But on the upside, it was a good harvest season for pinons in New Mexico this year. I am ordering some to try, and will let you know if they are good.

  • November 24, 2016 4:02am

    David, this is going to sound really silly but for vegetarians, what can I replace the lamb with if I don’t want plain old hummus?

    I think adding something extra would definitely make it an interesting app for my friends, but I just can’t think of what (maybe some crumbled tofu?) – It’ll look good, but not sure how that soy taste would go with the chickpeas.

  • Merrill
    November 29, 2016 3:00am

    this recipe was easy and delicious. Made it for dinner and it was a special Monday night dinner without a huge amount of effort. Also, I really like hummus sans tahini. Thanks!

  • Beth
    December 2, 2016 4:54am

    Hi David, quick question about the harissa, can I use a power one or does it need to a liquid one. I saw the can of it in your pictures… Thanks

    • December 2, 2016 1:14pm
      David Lebovitz

      I’ve never seen powdered harissa. Where did you see that?