How To Make Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
How To Prepare the Cauliflower for the Hummus
You need to make sure the cauliflower is completely cooked and soft before you start blending. If you roast the cauliflower, pull apart the cauliflower head into the florets roughly the same size, so it cooks through evenly. Lay the florets on the sheet pan, nestle the garlic cloves (still in their shell) in between, and generously sprinkle with olive oil and salt to taste. You can adjust the seasoning later. Bake it at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about 15 minutes. Or a little longer if you are using frozen cauliflower. Check if it is soft enough, transfer it to the blender along with the garlic (take off the skin) and proceed.
How To Make Sure the Cauliflower Hummus Turns Out Smooth and Creamy
Adding ice cubes as the last thing in your blend gives the hummus the creamy velvety texture you are aiming at. It also brings it to the optimal serving temperature and your hummus is ready to be served straight away.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Cauliflower - you can make this hummus with either fresh or frozen cauliflower.
- Garlic - it is essential you add roasted garlic into this cauliflower hummus recipe. Even 4 cloves elevate the taste significantly.
- Lemon Juice - adding lemon juice brightens the flavor and adds some zesty notes to the hummus. Don’t skip this ingredient.
- Olive Oil - to have a smoother and luxurious consistency, good olive oil is a must! Just be careful when blending it as it could sometimes create a bitter flavor when the heat from the blades interacts with the olive oil.
- Tahini - Tahini will add richness and help us achieve that creamy smooth texture in hummus.
Tips & Suggestions
- You can steam the cauliflower if you’d like, but don’t forget to add roasted garlic. The garlic really adds another level of flavor to this hummus.
- Make sure to choose good-quality olive oil and taste the hummus as you cook. Cauliflower can really soak up the flavors and might need more seasoning than you think. So taste and adjust as you go, make it perfect for your taste. Try adding some ‘everything bagel’ seasoning to it, it’s a nice little twist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make Roasted Cauliflower Hummus without Tahini?
Tahini is a very important ingredient in any hummus recipe. But some don’t like the zesty tangy flavor it adds. If you are not a fan of tahini and like to experiment, try replacing it with an equal amount of peanut or sunflower seed butter, olive paste, or avocados. They can give you the same smooth creamy consistency, but will significantly alter the taste of your hummus.
Can I pre-make and freeze cauliflower Hummus?
You can easily freeze and store your hummus in an airtight container. To ‘revive’ it after it has thawed, just add some olive oil and a bit more garlic and blend it back to its smooth consistency.