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Caramelised Red Onion Hummus

The first thing I had to check up on was the spelling.  I’d always spelled it houmous and after doing a quick search discovered a multitude of alternative spellings.  Not wanting to spend too much time researching the origins for a definitive answer I turned to she who knows everything in the kitchen – Darina Allen (Ballymaloe Cookery School).  If Darina spells it Hummus then Hummus it is.
Caramelised Red Onion Hummus
Hummus emerged into my world some time in the 1990s.  It was fine.  Nothing very exciting about it, filled you up a bit and was somewhere to dip your chip at a party and that was about it.  But then I discovered that I like chickpeas.  I like them in salads, in soups and in spicy chicken dishes so perhaps it was time to revisit hummus.  I can’t source tahini paste (made from sesame seeds) easily and purists may argue that it isn’t hummus without it but in my recipes I leave it out.  I decided to give it a good kick of flavour in the form of roasted red pepper and it was delicious.  The recipe that I am posting here is made with caramelised red onions and there is a reason why I came up with that.
There is An American in Ireland ( )who loves her Caramelised Red Onion Hummus and a recent tweet of distress went out when it was no longer being stocked at her local supermarket.  She was so happy when it came back on the shelves that she tweeted a picture of it.  So this recipe is especially for Clare – that you may never run out of Caramelised Red Onion Hummus!
Caramelised Red Onion Hummus with Pitta You will need:
2 medium red onions
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar (or any dark brown sugar)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 x 220g can of chickpeas
1 garlic clove
3tbsp greek yoghurt
1 tsp olive oil
Peel and thinly slice the red onions.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over a low heat and gently soften the onions for 10 minutes.
Raise the heat to medium and add in the balsamic vinegar and muscovado sugar, stir well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes and set aside.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in a mini chopper or food processor.
Add the crushed garlic and 3 tbsp greek yoghurt with 1 tsp olive oil.
Add the red onion mixture in on top and blitz well until smooth.
Serve with wholemeal pitta chips and vegetable batons.
Caramelised Red Onion Hummus with Pitta & Veg
Til next time, Sheila.


Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021. 'Gimme Dinner' a collection of 50 great dinner recipes published in 2022. 'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.

7 thoughts on “Caramelised Red Onion Hummus

  1. Sheila, this is great! Every time I have tried to make my own hummus, I have been disappointed. I actually managed to get some tahini and then I was a bit clueless about how much to use. It never seemed to taste right. I think the yoghurt might give me the texture I’m after.

    And I’m so with Clare on that Tesco hummus. It is divine! I’ll let you know how it goes when I try this – thanks so much! Enjoy the sunny weekend 🙂

  2. Long time hummus lover, first time reader. I’ve found that hummus, at least in the U.S., falls into two categories: Hippie hummus, which is chunky and usually full of lemons, and the Mediterranean kind, which is smooth and full of tahini. In any case, yours sounds fantastic, and I’m excited to give it a go.

  3. Hummus-tastic post and pics there Sheila. I’ve always had a soft spot for hummus, especially on a Friday or Saturday evening, in front of the TV, kids packed away.

    My local butcher stocks humous/houmous…whatever. Think I may need to break it to him gently that I’ll be making my own.

    Will give it a go and let you know!

    1. Hi Niamh and thanks for the question. Yes you would need to soak and cook the chickpeas first if dried. Bit of a pain but this is probably my favourite dip so it will be worth it in the end 🙂 Enjoy, Sheila

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