Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus with Lamb & Lemon Parsley Sauce


This Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus topped with Middle Eastern Spiced ground Lamb and Lemon Parsley sauce makes the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer for a cozy autumn-inspired dinner.

Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus with minced lamb and lemon parsley sauce served in a black bowl

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This Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus is the perfect easy appetizer for cozy fall and winter dinners!

We find ourselves in the middle of squash season – culinarily speaking, my favourite time of the year. Well, apart from Christmas, obviously.

I love me some winter squash, and on this side of the ocean kabocha squash is my absolute favourite! They cook quickly and you can eat the skin, which is a major plus.

 Once cooked, this Japanese pumpkin develops an incredibly addictive sweet taste and the texture is somewhere between a sweet potato and roasted chestnuts. The perfect ingredient for a cozy fall meal.

Another reason why you really want to include Kabocha squash in your diet? It’s full of beta-carotene, iron, vitamins and it’s got 40 calories per cup AND less than half the carbs of most other squash.

 a bowl of Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus with Lamb and Lemon Parsley Sauce on top

Why this Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus is a must-try:

Roasting brings out the sweetness of this Japanese squash and I love to serve a tray of oven-roasted kabocha squash as a side dish for roasts or to top a lunch salad.

For this recipe, though, I upped the ante and pureed my roasted kabocha squash with some chickpeas, garlic, lemon and tahini to create a bright orange, fall-inspired hummus.

To take our roasted kabocha squash hummus to the next level, I decided to top it with a generous portion of Middle Eastern spiced lamb.

While the kabocha squash bakes, we simply pan-fry some minced lamb, adding a hint of cumin, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. I love to add these warming spices to my food during the cold season and the flavours go so well with the lamb.

Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus with lamb and lemon parsley sauce

To add a fresh note to this bowl of autumn comfort, we drizzle some homemade lemon parsley sauce on top of our roasted kabocha squash hummus bowls. Little fun additions like toasted sunflower seeds and olives look nice and provide additional nutritional value.

a bowl of healthy roasted kabocha squash hummus with lamb, olives and parsley sauce on top served in a bowl

Tips for this Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus recipe:

  • Having trouble cutting your squash? Bake it for about 10 minutes, then remove to cut and finish roasting.
  • For extra fall-flavour, sprinkle the kabocha squash wedges with some cinnamon before roasting.
  • Keep the liquid from your can of chickpeas (aquafaba) and use it to make my amazingly easy Vegan Chocolate Mousse!

 

a chip being dipped into Loaded Kabocha Squash Hummus with ground lamb and lemon parsley sauce

I like to serve my Loaded Kabocha Squash Hummus with a bowl of plain pita chips. If you want to have it as a main course, I would recommend to serve it with some freshly baked pita bread, some olives, and a side salad, like my Middle Eastern Tomato Salad.

Kabocha Squash is also awesome for making desserts like this Kabocha Squash Pumpkin Pie. You could also use it for making my Caramelized Pear Pumpkin Pie!

FAQ:

What does kabocha squash taste like?

Kabocha squash has an exceptionally sweet flavour, even sweeter than butternut squash. Roasted Kabocha squash is especially good and tastes a bit like a sweet potato, but starchier, like a roasted chestnut! It is available all year but is best in late summer and early fall so keep your eyes peeled.

What is a good substitute for kabocha squash in this hummus recipe?

In terms of flavour, I would say sweet potato comes closest. Butternut may also work. Acorn squash might be too mild and/or watery to sub for creamy kabocha in this hummus recipe.

What do you do if your roasted kabocha hummus is too thick?

Some squashes are starchier than others. If the hummus is too thick, simply add a tablespoon of water, moving the squash hummus to one side and letting the water flow to the bottom of your food processor or blender.

 

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Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus with Lamb and Lemon Parsley Sauce

Creamy Roasted Kabocha Squash Hummus topped with spiced, fried ground lamb and a refreshing homemade lemon parsley sauce! A healthy Middle Eastern appetizer recipe perfect for autumn! 

Course Appetizer, main, Snack
Cuisine iran, israel, Middle East
Keyword appetizer, easy, foodprocessor, hummus, kabocha, Middle Eastern, roasted, squash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 portions
Calories 300 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kabocha squash (500 - 600 g) substitute butternut or hokkaido
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 can chickpeas 260 g drained
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves cloves
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tsbp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g minced lamb
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 3 tbsp Tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C,  or 400 F. Wash the squash, discard the seeds and cut into wedges. Arrange wedges on a tray lined with parchment paper, brush with some oil and bake for about 20 minutes, or until tender. 

  2. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them thoroughly. Cut the lemon in half and juice it. Peel the garlic and chop the parsley coarsely. Place parsley, 1 garlic clove,  half of the lemon juice,  all of the honey, the vinegar and the 2 tbsp of olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape sauce into a little bowl and store in the fridge until the hummus is ready. 

  3. In a large pan, heat 1 -2 tsp of oil on medium-high heat and fry the lamb, adding 1/2 tsp of salt and a pinch of pepper. Separate the meat with a wooden spoon as it fries, and add the remaining spices, using only 1/2 tsp of cumin, to the meat as it starts to crisp up. Fry meat, until golden brown and crispy.

  4. In a blender, puree the still warm squash with the chickpeas, the remaining garlic, cumin and lemon juice, as well as the tahini and1/2 tsp of salt. Puree until smooth, adding a splash of hot water, or olive oil, if the mixture is too thick still. Season to taste and divide between 2 bowls. 

  5. Serve hummus topped with lamb, sprinkle sunflower seeds on top and drizzle with the lemon parsley sauce. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by Ottolenghi : Jerusalem

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16 Comments

  1. Das sieht wirklich ganz fabelhaft aus! So farbenfroh und lecker – man bekommt sofort Lust darauf, das Kürbis-Hummus nachzukochen! Tolle Idee, danke!

    Viele Grüße
    Jasmin

    • Vielen Dank, liebe Jasmin! Ich freu mich, dass dir das Rezept so gut gefällt und hoffe, dass sich mal eine Gelegenheit ergibt, es nachzukochen! Ich wünsche dir ein tolles Wochenende! Vlg Kiki

  2. Da kann ich mich nur anschließen. Das sieht optisch auf jeden Fall schon mal richtig toll aus. Freue mich darauf das Rezept auszuprobieren.

  3. I love making all different flavors of hummus and this is so unique! And the colors are so pretty! Want to dive, I mean dip, right in! 🙂

  4. This dish looks so appetising and just right for a warming autumn evening meal! I love hummus and this recipe sounds fab!

  5. This hummus is absolutely beautiful! Those colors! Ahhhh It sounds so unique and flavorful that I can not wait to try it!

  6. Love the colors and dish looks so good! This recipe sounds wonderful.

  7. I love how versatile hummus can be. This looks so beautiful…the bold coloring stands out brilliantly. The squash is a fantastic idea to try this season. I may not find Kabocha but I will try with butternut 🙂

  8. Oh wow, what an interesting use of squash! I’m loving the vibrant colors and combination of flavors in this dish. I’m saving this recipe for a future party for sure

  9. Wow, this sounds so interesting! It would be a great meal for a cool autumn night.

  10. I have been looking for really great snacks that are delicious and not full of fat. This is delicious! I love using Kabocha, so tasty. I am looking forward to making this for my snack tomorrow!

  11. This hummus is the definition of gourmet. LOVE that you have crumbled lamb on top. What a wonderful way to incorporate squash into your diet. Looks amazing!

  12. This looks super pretty. I definitely would give this recipe a shot.

  13. What an amazing hummus flavor! And with the lamb!?!? I can not wait to make this for my next dinner party.

  14. Yum, this hummus looks amazing, and the colors are so pretty! I love how there are so many variations for making hummus!

  15. This is a fantastic flavorful unique dish, that could be served on any table. Great for parties too!

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