I could have probably titled this, “ Hummus Plate Appetizer Life Hack” Cause that is pretty much how I came up with this dish.
This year for thanksgiving we went to my in-laws for our dinner. After cordially inviting ourselves (my mother in law is super kind with that) I awaited my food assignment…..Come on rolls and drinks……Unfortunately it was a small party for dinner this year (it’s an off year for that side of the family, ie everyone should see their other side for the holiday) and I was given hors d’oeuvre and pies. Pheww that’s no big deal, pies can be ordered and appetizer is easy veggie tray.
Oh wait! My mother in law always supplies a veggie tray. Ok I will just do some chips and salsa…..mmmm my sister in law makes the good salsa so I probably should skip that comparison fest. How about crackers and cheese? I like that, but it seems like someone is dairy-free. And there are gluten-issues I am almost sure of it. Then I have to think about the diabetics, the vegans and …OH MY WORD, how does anyone take a pot luck item these days? The dietary restriction possibilities are too many. I am not a farm to table chef!!! (though that would be seriously cool if I were)
Well taking into account their needs just left me stressed out. So I circled back around to what do I want to eat? I like those cocktail meatballs made in a crockpot. Umm, that’s kinda messy to drive an hour and I don’t actually want to eat meat prior to a dinner that’s cornerstone item is a giant turkey. Ok, I am pretty much going crazy for carrots and hummus lately (easy office snack). I should bring hummus and dippers! That would be tasty. Especially since my daughter is really into dipping rice crackers in hummus these days. So I could get her cracker of choice (which happens to be gluten free, so yay for the family members with that restriction).
But a bowl of hummus is kinda dull and I can’t bring carrots, cause someone usually supplies a veggie tray. So how do I make hummus better. Well the store bought hummus always has cool bits of relish stuff in the middle on top. (And honestly it is never enough). I could top the hummus. And that’s when I started to picture a hummus plate with lots of toppings. Viola! Hummus Plate Appetizer is born.
For this one I used what I had readily available, hummus (This is my homemade hummus recipe) then feta cheese, sundried tomatoes in oil and kalamata olives. Spread hummus, set toppings like some kind of hummus cobb salad and the plate is ready. And with a little plastic wrap that baby can travel all the way to grandmothers house (and in this case there was a river and a wood).
Hummus Plate Appetizer
- 1.5 cups homemade hummus store bought also works
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil
- ½ cup chopped kalamata olives
Spread the hummus across the bottom of rectangular plate (mine is 11” by 4”).
Make 4 wells or troughs in the hummus for your toppings, this keeps them from running together. Leave a ledge between then about a 1.5 inches or as you have space for.
Place the kalamatas and sundried tomatoes in alternating troughs.
Then place the feta between the troughs on the ledges. Accent with cucumbers.
Serve with crackers, cucumber ships or pita bread.
You can use my homemade hummus recipe or store bought hummus of your preference.