Roasted Garlic Hummus

Serving roasted garlic hummus

Hummus is readily available in grocery stores and honestly, the quality is good – plus there are myriad flavors from which to choose. But if you are like me – sometimes, there is just something so satisfying about making something as ubiquitous as hummus yourself at home. I decided to make a roasted garlic version – whose flavor is round and deep; complimented by sweet smoke paprika and the zing of fresh lemon. Serve with pita chips or fresh veggies and you will be glad you did.


Serves:  A crowd
Time:  60 minutes

1 bulb of fresh garlic – roasted (see below)
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (separated)
1 19-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo or cici beans) with ¼ cup of their liquid
¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
Juice of one lemon
½ tsp smoked sweet paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


To roast the garlic:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the top of the entire bulb of garlic off – exposing the cloves. Tear off any loose exterior paper. Place on a baking sheet (or a toaster over works great here). Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper on the bulb – ensuring all cloves are covered. Drape the bulb with a piece of aluminum foil and wrap tightly.

Unroasted head of garlic

Roast at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Roasted head of garlic

Drain the can of chickpeas, reserving ¼ cup of the liquid. Add both to your food processor. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the bowl as well. Blitz for about 45-60 seconds. The mixture will be dry and a bit grainy – that is okay.

Chickpeas in a food processor

Blended chickpeas with roasted garlic and tahini


Next add the tahini, lemon juice and last tsp of olive oil. Blitz again for one minute. It should still be a little grainy. Add the paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, drop 4-5 small ice cubes through the feed tube, one at a time. The heat of the blades will not only break up the cubes but also melt them, smoothing out the hummus.

Chickpeas in a food processor with roasted garlic and paprika

Serving roasted garlic hummus

Garnish with a dusting of paprika and serve!

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