You know by now how much I love a “build your own” toppings bar as you’ve seen my chili bar, my build your own shortcakes bar, and my banana split dessert bar. Well, I have another for you today – a Hummus bar that will have you entertaining stylishly but easily. The concept is simple: make your own hummus ahead of time with the classic hummus recipe below, and set out bowls filled with delicious toppings that will give it a gourmet twist.
Entertaining doesn’t have to stress you out and it doesn’t have to be “perfect” every time. I set up my tray table in a corner and it was just right for a casual gathering.
I love the flavors of the Mediterranean and all these toppings have that. Buy the toppings in a gourmet shop or the ‘international’ section of your grocery store, and don’t forget to pick up a stick of French or Italian bread, and some pita crackers. These are the toppings we used:
- Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade
- Olive Tapenade
- Roasted Red Peppers, chopped
Label each bowl individually or on a single list, and let guests have fun combining flavors. Two of my favorite combos: sun dried tomatoes with olive tapenade – tastes like a gourmet pizza!….and pesto with roasted red pepper – the sweetness of the red pepper pairs well with the classic pesto.
Here’s the recipe to make your own hummus. It’s easy to make and you can do it ahead of time so no last minute stress.
- 1 – 16 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Using a food processor, combine all the ingredients EXCEPT olive oil, until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides.
Begin processor again and begin pouring olive oil in through the food chute, slowly so it can incorporate evenly. Continue until hummus is smooth.
Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for a couple of hours so flavors can marry.
You can also provide vegetable sticks like carrots and celery, for a lighter dipping option, plus they can act as a palate cleanser between combos.
Do you love food stations as much as I do? If so, don’t forget to PIN this for inspiration. Have a great day!