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Posted at 1:47 PM, Oct 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-26 13:47:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- We re-mixed Hummus, a traditional classic Mediterranean favorite. Chef Kim O’ Donnel shows us how to whip up her recipe using tasty Sweet Potatoes instead of Chick Peas.  This easy to make recipe is one of many that is featured in her new cook book, ‘The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations.’


Sweet Potato Hummus

Excerpted from “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations” by Kim O’Donnel by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright 2012.

2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (also sold as garnet or jewel yams)

1 medium-size yellow onion

Olive oil, for brushing

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tahini

1⁄4 teaspoon paprika or other medium-heat ground chile pepper

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1⁄2 medium-size lemon)

tools: Food processor or heavy-duty stand blender

Here’s What You Do:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes. Cut into 3- to 4-inch pieces, regardless of the width. Keep the skins on.

Slice the onion in half and peel. Brush the onion and sweet potatoes with olive oil and place in a baking dish in a single layer. Cover with foil and roast for 1 hour; the sweet potatoes should be extremely tender.

Let cool for about 10 minutes. Peel off the skins of the sweet potatoes.

Place all  the roasted vegetables in the bowl of a food processor  or heavy-duty stand blender  and puree. Add the garlic,  tahini,  paprika, and salt and blend. Then gradually add 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and taste. Add more as needed.

Serve at room temperature with chopped fruits and vegetables: apples, bell  peppers, celery, endive, jicama, and pears are all  great dipping companions.

Keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 3 days. The garlic flavor deepens with time.

Makes 2 ½ cups hummus