Here's The Secret To The Perfect Christmas Hummus
by Mona Fe on Dec 20, 2022
Christmas is just around the corner, and you know what that means: family gatherings, gift exchanges, and lots of delicious party foods! For many kids, this is the highlight of the year — and honestly, it's easy to see why! With all the cheerful decorations, wrapped presents, and fun family traditions, what kid wouldn't wish for it to be Christmas every day?
But for parents? Christmas can be a bit of a nightmare! Between the shopping, decorating, and hosting, it can feel like there's never enough time in the day to get everything done. More so, add the pressure of preparing the ultimate Christmas feast for their loved ones, and it can feel like too much, even for us Super Mums!
Sure, you can say that you'll just throw something together at the last minute or order takeaways ... but that's not really an option if you want to make the celebration truly magical!
Our advice? Plan ahead! There are plenty of traditional recipes to choose from, but there's one that we believe deserves a place on your table this year: Hummus!
Perfect as a snack or appetiser, hummus is a healthy and delicious way to start off your meal and keep the grum-bellies at bay while waiting for the mains. It is made from cooked and mashed chickpeas, which are high in protein, fibre, B vitamins, and other essential nutrients. So if you've got guests with dietary restrictions, this dish is a great option. It can be made with or without certain ingredients and spices, depending on your preferences, so it's easy to customise according to who will be eating it.
And the best part? You can make a big batch ahead of time and store it in the fridge, so it's ready to go when you need it. And since it's Christmas we're talking about here, we'll share with you one unique way to serve it up in a way you've never seen before! Don't believe us? Follow along with this post from start to finish, and you'll see what we mean.
For now, let's start with the recipe for our base ingredient: hummus.
Makes 6 servings | Prep 30 minutes
- 240 g (1 ½ cups) chickpeas, cooked
- equates to 1 400 g tin
- 60 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ tbsp cumin
- salt to taste
- olive oil
Add chickpeas, tahini, garlic, cumin, and lemon juice to high-speed food processor and blitz until smooth. Add small amounts of olive oil and blitz again until desired consistency is achieved.
Taste for salt and add as needed. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.
As mums, we understand that life can get pretty crazy, especially during this time of the year. Since making hummus from scratch may be too time-consuming, it’s perfectly ok to purchase it from the store as a time-saving shortcut. Today, you can find a variety of flavours, like roasted red pepper or garlic, at most grocery stores.
Once you’ve got your hummus in hand, it’s time to get creative!
Makes 1 platter | Prep 10 minutes
- 500 g (2 cups) hummus
- 75 g (½ cup) feta cheese, crumbled
- 20 g (1 cup) fresh basil, finely chopped
- 4-5 cherry tomatoes, halved
- Half a red capsicum
Place a We Might Be Tiny Grip Cup in the middle of a large round platter.
Dollop the hummus around the cup, then use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly into a wreath shape.
Sprinkle the chopped basil on top of the hummus layer.
Evenly sprinkle the crumbled feta over the basil layer.
Place halved cherry tomatoes, cut side down, randomly on top of the basil.
Using a very sharp knife, carefully cut a bow out of the red capsicum and place it on the wreath.
Serve and enjoy with dippers of your choice. We love toasted pita chips, raw veggie sticks, and rice crackers.
With the Hummus Wreath platter on your table this holiday season, you can skip the boring dips and bring on some fun. Serve it with the WMBT Round Placies for an even cuter and more festive touch! With its sleek design and silicone base, you'll be able to enjoy the party without worrying about stains or mess - and easy cleanup!
Given that the recipe will focus on the presentation, preparing it can also be a fun mom-and-kid activity or even a yearly family tradition! You can get the kids involved by letting them help you with layering the ingredients and sprinkling toppings on the wreath. Think you're in for a messy bonding time? To make clean-up easier, use Stickie Plates and Round Placies.
Not A Fan Of Feta?
With its rich, tangy, and slightly salty flavour, feta may not be everyone's cup of tea. Fortunately, our Hummus Wreath recipe is super versatile, and you can literally throw in any ingredient that you have on hand. Check out below some of the WMBT-approved alternatives.
- Caramelised onions and roasted garlic for a more savoury twist.
- Tahini and chickpeas for an earthier and richer flavour
- Sweet potato for a slightly sweeter kick
- Roasted fennel and black olives for that mild anise/licorice taste
- Pumpkin for that naturally sweet and nutty flavour
What To Dip With Your Hummus Wreath
Isn't this super easy recipe a festive and oh-so-delish way to get your hummus fix? So if you're planning to whip this up soon, here are some of the certified crowd faves to serve with it:
- For veggie fanatics - carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, chopped cauliflower/broccoli, thinly sliced radishes, celery sticks, and snow peas
- For crunch seekers - pita chips, pretzel sticks, sweet potato crackers, tortilla chips, and grissini breadsticks
- For fruit-aholics - berries, apple slices, grapes, bananas, kiwis, and any dried fruits
- For nut lovers - peanuts, pine nuts, cashews, and almonds
Feeling a bit fancy during your at-home happy hour? This bussin’ dish can also be combined with delicious bottles of wine for an evening unwind after the tots have gone to bed. For instance, you could try a medium-bodied Rosé or a refreshing Pinot Grigio that'll surely lend sweet and savoury notes to our Hummus Wreath.
Other Ways To Enjoy Your Hummus Wreath
And once the Christmas dinner is over and done with, you can save the leftover hummus for later. The best thing about it is that It'll last for up to one week in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container, or you can freeze it for up to a month. While we highly doubt that you'll have any leftovers as this is a sure hit, it's always nice to know other unique ways to enjoy it, like the following:
- Use it as a marinade for your chicken skewers on your next BBQ.
- Spread it over your morning toast or veggie wrap.
- Add as a pasta sauce for a quick meal on busy nights.
- Transform your scrambled eggs with a dollop of hummus for a heartier meal.
- Add it to your brownie mixture for a fudgier treat.
- Mix it with your favourite risotto dish for a healthier twist.
If you like this recipe, you’ll enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s booklet, "Summery Holidays". It showcases a nourishing and delicious spread fit for the holidays and festive celebrations. Rocking party preps during the busiest time of the year have never been this easy-peasy! So be sure to check it out.
What are you waiting for? Make your holidays extra special with the Hummus Wreath that'll certainly holi-DAZZLE your guests! Who knew that something so simple and delicious could be so much fun to make?
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