Spiced Yam Hummus

Have you been to a roller derby game?

You must go.

For some naïve reason I thought roller derby was simply lots of women skating round and round in a roller rink pushing each other around.  Ha, so far from the truth.  It’s actually awesome and impressive.

It’s a game, a real game, with lots of rules and around 10 people needed to just keep track of scoring.   And there is skill involved.  In a nutshell, there are two teams on the rink; each has a pack of four women and one jammer.  The jammers stand behind the packs at the start line.  Once the game starts the goal of the jammer is to get past the packs and become the lead jammer.  If the lead jammer is then able to pass the pack again the the scoring begins, depending on how many people they pass.   Of course, it ain’t so easy to pass the pack: they will shove you with their hips and shoulders and you might go flying off the rink.

So yeah, for me, go.  Or if there isn’t one in town come visit me.

In other news, I have been failing at my resolution to post twice a week.  The thing is that I do photograph recipes; get excited about them, but then in the end they just don’t turn out quite right.  So for you, and for me, I will not be posting anything that I whole heartedly don’t think you can make at home and be scrumptious.

And then there was this hummus, truly absolutely delicious.  A key ingredient to this is the smoked paprika.  I was able to find it in my neighborhood grocery store in the spices section.  But if you can’t find it, just purchase regular paprika.  You can serve this with some crusty bread as I did, or some pita wedges.   I loved the sweetness and smoothness that the yam adds to the hummus. Enjoy!

Recipe (adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon):

1 large sweet potato, peeled, chopped and boiled until fork tender — mine weighed exactly 1 pound
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of tahini
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove
1 lemon, juiced
1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
dash nutmeg — if you have a microplane and whole nutmeg, do that
salt and pepper to taste (at least 1 tsp. of salt)

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.  Further adjust seasonings to your own personal taste.   Drizzle with some olive oil on top before serving.

Note: I have a fairly large food processor and this barely fit, so you might have to do it in a couple of batches.

9 replies on “Spiced Yam Hummus”

great pics, Nalena — will have to try this one! I hope you submitted them to tastespotting — now one of my favorite sites.

Thanks Karen! The photos definitely are not what I envision in my mind when I take them, but I am getting closer. I haven’t submitted to tastespotting in a long time, but I will. 🙂 You can also go to –> very similar to tastespotting.

I would need a really ridiculously awesome derby name. If only I had such literary prowess. You want to join one with me? 🙂

I’ve been into repurposing recipes lately – and this one became the base of a stew of sorts. It turned into what could almost be called almost a curry dish in a rich sauce. I made some brown lentils, threw in veggies (cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms) and then put in a bunch of the hummus, water, lemon juice and spices. There was just so much hummus that there was no way I would eat it before it spoiled or I got sick of it and this dish turned out to be delicious!

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