Roasted garlic and pumpkin hummous

Allegra McEvedy makes the best of the new season pumpkins with a quick and easy recipe for an autumnal mezze
By Allegra McEvedy
Roasted garlic and pumpkin hummous
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  • Serves: 6
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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the roasted garlic and pumpkin

  • 850 g pumpkin, peeled and cut into 5cm/2in chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 red chillies, thinly sliced
  • pumpkin seeds, for garnish

For the hummous

  • 1 x 400 g tin chickpeas, drained
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 70 ml extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, plus extra for sprinkling

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4, and put in a roasting tray to heat.

2. For the roasted garlic and pumpkin: put the pumpkin chunks into a bowl with the olive oil, cumin, allspice, whole garlic cloves, chilli and season with salt and pepper. Mix well, then pile into the hot roasting tray.

3. Roast the pumpkin and garlic for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning and stirring regularly. Take special care with the garlic to make sure that it doesnt burn but just caramelizes.

4. Remove the pumpkin and garlic from the oven and transfer to a food processor. Blend to a smooth purée, then transfer to a bowl.

5. For the hummous: in a bowl mix all the hummous ingredients together, then blend to a purée in a clean food processor. Tip back into the mixing bowl, stir well and season with salt and black pepper. Spoon into a jar and serve with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and an extra sprinkling of cayenne.

6. Fold the pumpkin and garlic purée into the hummous and season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Finish with the pumpkin seeds on top. Serve.

For Allegra's other mezze ideas, see her recipes for Moroccan meatballs, magic beans and flatbread.

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