Hamshouka-Style Spiced Ground Meat Hummus

Hamshouka-Style Spiced Ground Meat Hummus

Sometimes cooking dinner can take a little longer than I anticipate, and that's when I like to pour myself a nice glass of wine and bring out a little appetizer to nibble on. I don't know why, but hummus is always my go to dish.

Hummus topped with aromatic ground meat is a traditional dish from the Middle East. The combination of juicy spiced ground beef, lamb and vegetables gives this hummus unexpected texture and deep flavor. It makes for a great appetizer or party dip, scooped up with warmed pita or flatbread (I even use naan bread). Enjoy!

Hamshouka-Style Spiced Ground Meat Hummus

ingredients :

For the beef mixture:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 yellow zucchini, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 lb ground beef

1/4 lb ground lamb

                 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1/4 teaspoon of cumin

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

salt and pepper to taste


for the hummus:

1/2 cup of veggie broth

sesame seeds

1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

juice from 1/2 lemon

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cup of well-stirred tahini

1-2 tablespoons of water

1/4 teaspoon of cumin

2 tablespoons of olive oil,
and more for drizzling

salt to taste

Serves 4-6

make it :

Heat the oil in a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped pepper, zucchini and onion and cook until it becomes soft.

Add the ground meat and break it apart, stir in the spices, garlic, tomato paste, salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the broth into the ground meat mixture and simmer for about 5 minutes or until broth has almost evaporated, but still juicy.

In a food processor, puree the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, water, cumin olive oil and salt and pepper until very smooth. Spoon the hummus into a shallow bowl and top with meat mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and parsley.

Serve with warm pita or naan bread. Voila!






Tip : You can use store-bought hummus for this recipe, but homemade hummus just tastes better in my opinion. I prefer to eat this appetizer while the ground meat is still warm. So, if you don't want to serve it right away, then I would store the ground meat separately from the hummus in the fridge. Just reheat the meat mixture once you're ready to serve it.  This dish keeps well in the fridge for a few days.