Monday, July 29, 2013

Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus

Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus | This recipe is a complete and total accident.  A really, really good complete and total accident.

See, I make lists.  A lot of lists.  I always have a notebook with me and I jot down ideas, grocery lists, to-do lists, freelance projects, etc.  And after a while, these lists are full of multi-colored words, lines, scribbles and notes that they can no longer be deciphered.  At which time, I re-write them because, well, I love to write lists.

So the last time I was re-writing my recipe idea list, I wrote down two hummus recipes.  The next line was supposed to say “roasted garlic brown butter breadsticks” but in my hummus-state-of-mind, I wrote “roasted garlic brown butter hummus” completely by accident.  However, I went on my merry way, finishing my list, and not even realizing my mistake until the next day when I went back to the list.

Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus |

I started to deface my newly penned list when I realized that roasted garlic brown butter hummus was a HECK of an idea.  So I went with it.  Don’t worry, I went ahead and added the breadsticks on down the line so they may eventually show up here, too.

But the hummus – first, I wasn’t sure if the brown butter would work or if it would make the hummus too greasy or oily but I had to try.  I love brown butter, I love hummus and I think you all love both just the same.  And it worked.  Beautifully, I might add.  The nutty flavor of the brown butter and the sweetness of the roasted garlic are a match made in heaven.

Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus |

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Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Total Time: 1 hour

A fun, flavorful twist on hummus with sweet roasted garlic and nutty brown butter!


1 small head garlic
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup (4 Tbs.) unsalted butter
1 can (15 ounce) garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained and (if desired) skins removed
2 Tbs. tahini
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


To roast the garlic: heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose most of the cloves. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle on the salt. Place on a small piece of aluminum foil and fold the foil up around the garlic. Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the garlic is soft and very fragrant. Allow the garlic to cool slightly and remove from the paper skins to a small bowl. You should end up with just over one tablespoon of garlic. I used it all in my recipe, but adjust the amount to your tastes.

While the garlic cools, let the butter melt over medium-high heat until bubbly. Stir with a wire whisk and continue to do so until the color changes and you see brown flakes show up on the bottom of the pan, the butter will have a nutty, almost sweet fragrance. This will take 7-8 minutes. Watch closely because the butter will burn easily.

Transfer the browned butter to a large food processor. Add the roasted garlic, garbanzo beans, tahini, and lemon juice and pulse a few times to combine. Add the olive oil and continue to pulse until the hummus comes together. Add more oil if needed to reach your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don’t miss these hummus recipes:

Classic Hummus with Pine Nuts by The Lemon Bowl
Jalapeno IPA Beer Hummus by The Beeroness
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by Inspired Taste
Asparagus Hummus by Cookin’ Canuk
Black Bean Hummus

Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus


51 Responses to “Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Hummus”

  1. #
    Tracey — July 29, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    Oh wow, what an amazing idea Cassie! I’m not normally a huge fan of hummus, but add roasted garlic *and* brown butter? I am so there 🙂

  2. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 29, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Brown butter hummus?! Guuuuuurl, you are my hero.

  3. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 29, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    I love the story on how you came to create this hummus!! Thanks for the hummus shout out.. Can’t wait for be breadsticks too. 😉

  4. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — July 29, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    Yum! I love brown butter too-such a fabulous flavor!

  5. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 29, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    BEST ACCIDENT EVER! And further proof of my hypothesis: Browned butter is never ever a bad idea. Wonderful Cassie. Also, as to be a constant list maker, virtual high five! I’m a list-lover too 🙂

  6. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — July 29, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Yuuum! Browned butter makes everything better!

  7. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 29, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    What a great accident! Totally need to try this. I love garlic.

  8. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 29, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    Oh no, this bowl would be killed in two seconds by me!

  9. #
    Amy @ Elephant Eats — July 29, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Hehe, I love happy accidents! This hummus sounds awesome 🙂

  10. #
    carrian — July 29, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    I need that more than Giada needs parmasan! 😉

  11. #
    Tieghan — July 29, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    Brown butter hummus? Seriously, that is just awesome, awesome thing!

  12. #
    Terra — July 29, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    You totally have my attention! Anything with brown butter sounds amazing to me! I love that you just wrote the recipe down on accident, it is like a happy accident! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  13. #
    Rachel Cooks — July 29, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    We are soooo the same person with our lists! I re-write mine after they get messy too…I’m kind of obsessed. This hummus looks so good — I love how it is different from traditional hummus but still recognizable. Perfect!

  14. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 29, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Wow! Love hummus (and brown butter!) This looks amazing, Cassie! 🙂

  15. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 29, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    Happy accidents are the best accidents, Cassie! Love this idea (and hummus) and I’m so glad you went with it. So innovative! Thanks for sharing, girl! xo

  16. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 29, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I am notorious for lists as well. I think I have about 15 pages of notes on my iphone. Oops. So glad you went through with this recipe.

  17. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 29, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I am such a list maker too, love the accidental hummus recipe. It sounds amazing!

  18. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — July 29, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    So happy this accident happen! This hummus is calling my name!

  19. #
    Heather — July 29, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Yes, DEFINITELY a heck of an idea! Browned butter and/or roasted garlic in anything has my attention!

  20. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 29, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    This sounds like the best hummus EVER! BROWNED BUTTER & ROASTED GARLIC? ARE YOU KIDDING MEEE?! yesssss 😀

  21. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 29, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Happy accidents are the best! This looks incredible!!

  22. #
    Kelly — July 29, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Ok so I think you had me at brown butter – WOW I need this in my life! 🙂

  23. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 29, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Brown BUTTAH? In humus? I’ll take a gallon to go, please!!

  24. #
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut — July 29, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Oh my golly I am drooling over here! I am really into red pepper hummus right now but browned butter hummus sounds good too!

  25. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 29, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    What a happy accident! I can only imagine how well brown butter works with roasted garlic.

  26. #
    Julia — July 29, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Ohhhhh the brilliance! I love hummus, especially with roasted garlic, and MUST try this with brown butter! So going to be my new favorite sandwich spread!

  27. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — July 29, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    Brown butter in hummus. TWO of my favorite things, Cassie! Wow, I am blown away. This bowl would be gone in seconds! I just made hummus last night and now I have to eat it all right away because this is going to be made next! PS: lists – yes. I am an avid list maker! I have about 10 lists in my purse at all times.

  28. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 29, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    You know I love brown butter, what a fabulous accident!

  29. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 29, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    My goodness, this is one seriously delicious accident! WANT.

  30. #
    Meagan — July 29, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    You. Are. Such. A. Genius. I mean, seriously?!? I am a HUGE fan of hummus, but really love to experiment with flavors. And the nutty goodness of brown butter PLUS the sweet carameliness of roasted garlic are just the PERFECT combination. PERFECT, I say!!

  31. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 29, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    Is this the best hummus recipe ever or what? Looks amazing!!

  32. #
    DessertForTwo — July 29, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    Look at us–both selling hummus today! How fun! Yours sounds awesome! 🙂

  33. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 29, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    Yum, this looks incredible! I love garlic hummus 🙂

  34. #
    Joanne — July 30, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    now THAT is a seriously happy accident! Brown butter is a glorious thing and I can see it being just perfect in hummus.

  35. #
    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — July 30, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I love happy accidents! And I love hummus! Can’t wait to try this. It looks so scrumptious. 🙂

  36. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 30, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    This looks wonderful!

  37. #
    Jess — July 30, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    What a happy accident, Cassie! I would never think to try those things together, but it makes perfect sense that the flavors would go great together.

  38. #
    Julia Hill — July 31, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    Wow it is yummy short food for kids. I like to try it for my kids. I know they like for it.

  39. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 31, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    Brown butter IN hummus?! You are a genius, Cassie. And I’d have to say = best accident ever.

  40. #
    Whipped — July 31, 2013 @ 3:57 am

    Yummy. Totally Yummy. looks so delicious and tempting that I could eat it all day.

  41. #
    Anne — July 31, 2013 @ 4:54 am

    Happy accidents often lead to the best creations! I love how you describe making lists — that is so me. I have my little Clairefontaine notebooks that I carry around with me and I scribble things down all over and then have to end up making a brand new, clean list as well! Best, Anne

  42. #
    maria at inredningsvis — August 1, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

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  43. #
    Des — August 2, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    What a delicious accident! I had this happen once when Ryan told me that he wanted a bean or cheese dip. I made a bean and cheese dip. Love those kind of mistakes! And who would’ve thought that browned butter would work in a hummus?! I can’t wait to try it!

  44. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — August 4, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    I love accidental recipes. 🙂 I think this one was definitely meant to be!

  45. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — August 7, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

    This looks so yummy! Haha, such a fun way that the recipe was invented – love it!

  46. #
    Euna Shapskinsky — July 15, 2015 @ 2:31 am

    I love smooth hummus almost as much as I love lemony hummus. The more lemon, the better!

  47. #
    Gavin Pasquariello — July 15, 2015 @ 11:46 pm

    Looks wonderful to me! I’m going to try it tomorrow. Thank you. My daughter gave me your book for Christmas!

  48. #
    Phil Ximines — July 16, 2015 @ 12:39 am

    My husband has always made fun of me for peeling the chickpeas and doing so makes me feel like a nutball. Now that I know I’m not alone in it, I can do all of them!


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