Layered Hummus Plate

  • Make the hummus from this recipe or use a 16-oz store-bought quality hummus that you like
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 8 oz. lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • ½ tsp. sumac or lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ c. canned tomato sauce
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 c. chopped tomato
  • ½ c. chopped fresh parsley

Prepare hummus in advance using the recipe of your choice or procure 16-oz of quality store-bought plain hummus.

To make the spiced beef topping, heat the olive oil in a skillet until shimmering but not smoking. Add the garlic and green peppers. Cook over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, stirring regularly, until softened.

Add the lean ground beef and sauté until fully browned, about 6 minutes. Season the beef with kosher salt, pepper, allspice, sumac, and cinnamon. Stir in the tomato sauce, and cook another 5 mins or so, stirring occasionally.

Assemble the layered hummus dip by spreading the hummus in a serving bowl. Pour a generous drizzle of quality extra virgin olive oil over the top of the hummus. Top that with the spiced meat, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, and parsley.

Serve immediately with warm pita, pita chips, or a combination of the two.

  • Yields: 4-6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
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