Winter Squash Hummus


• 2 pounds hard squash delicata or butternut

• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• Salt and pepper

• 2 heads garlic, separated into cloves and peeled 
(about ½ cup cloves)

• 2 or 3 serrano peppers, sliced in half, stems and seeds removed

• 1/4 cup tahini

• 3 tablespoons lemon juice

• Plain yogurt for garnish (optional)

• Cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)

• Roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)

• Crusty bread, pita or crackers


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Rub flesh with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 generous pinches salt.

2. Place squash cut side down in roasting pan and bake until very soft, about 1 hour.

3. While squash is baking, place garlic, Serrano peppers and remaining olive oil in small pot over low heat. Poach garlic and peppers in oil until completely soft (30 to 40 minutes). Garlic should be very lightly browned.

4. Scoop out flesh from roasted squash and place in food processor. Add: garlic-poaching olive oil, garlic, Serrano peppers, tahini and lemon juice. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Hummus texture will vary depending on squash variety and size; add up to 1/2 cup water until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 1 week.

6. For 1 cup hummus, garnish with ¼ cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds and sprinkling of cilantro leaves. Serve with crusty bread, pita or crackers.