This Roasted Sweet Potato Harissa Hummus is jam packed with bold, savory, smoky, sweet and spicy flavors. It's creamy-dreamy and the perfect appetizer or snack for fall!
1. The recipe calls for a heaping 1 ½ cups of diced sweet potatoes, which is approximately 1 small sweet potato. Don’t feel like you have to be exact with the measurement here! If you use a little bit more, or less, diced sweet potato, that is fine! Just be prepared to scale the amount of cold water, up or down accordingly, in the hummus.
2. Harissa can be found in the ethnic isle of most grocery stores. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food, I would scale the harissa back to a scant tablespoon, but do not leave it out entirely! If you like things really spicy, use 2 tablespoons of harissa.
3. If you want to save money, and have a fresher, creamier tasting hummus, I highly recommend cooking your own dried chickpeas! The entire process is SUPER simple and can be done in the slow cooker. I included instructions below.
4. The consistency of your hummus completely relies on personal taste. I used about ½ cup of ICE COLD water in mine. For a thinner consistency, use more water; for a thicker consistency, use less water. Just make sure you are streaming in the water one tablespoon at a time, WITH the motor running. Also, make sure your water is ICE COLD, as it gives the hummus a fluffier mouth feel.
5. If you aren’t a fan of chickpeas, you can absolutely substitute an equal amount of cooked white beans for the chickpeas!
6. The hummus can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
How To Cook Chickpeas in the Slow Cooker:
Note: heaping 1/3 cup dried chickpeas = 1 cup cooked chickpeas.
1. Cook the chickpeas (DO NOT SOAK): Place the dried chickpeas in a slow cooker. Add 32 ounces of water (or vegetable stock), ½ onion, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours, or until tender.
2. Drain and discard onion.
3. Transfer the cooked chickpeas to a large clean kitchen towel or paper towels, and dry, massaging the chickpeas gently to remove their skin.