What Can I Do with Leftover Hummus?

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Question: What can I do with leftover hummus?

I recently had a party and made way more hummus than was eaten. I overestimated how much each guest would consume and I am left with about 3 quart sized containers. While I love hummus, I don't think I can bear to eat another bite with a vegetable, cracker, or pita bread. Do you know of any recipes that use hummus but not as a dip? I need some creative ways to use all of this hummus!

Answer: Being in the restaurant business, I know all about having lots of leftover food -- hummus included. I absolutely love hummus, but couldn't eat quarts of it or even eat it every day for a week. I can sympathize with your dilemma. However, I do love hummus in other capacities, which don't involve eating it as a dip. Thankfully, there are many, many ways to eat hummus in a non-appetizer way!

First, have you considered freezing some of the hummus? Hummus freezes incredibly well and you can freeze it in single serving size containers for easier use. Just thaw on the countertop or in the refrigerator the night before, give it a good stir, and voila! You have homemade hummus on demand. Read more about freezing hummus.

Hummus is also an excellent substitute for mayonnaise in just about every recipe. I use it in place of mayo on turkey sandwiches, chicken salad, and even tuna salad. I love using it on a pita to make a chicken pita with lots of fresh veggies for lunch.

Not only does it taste better, it is a lot healthier than mayo.

I also love to make pizza from pita bread, hummus, cheese, and veggies. I spread hummus on top of pita bread as if it was tomato sauce. I add cheese, veggie toppings, and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. It's easy, costs a lot less than pizza delivery, and again, much healthier for you!

Don't like pita bread? Try refrigerated pizza dough for an easy variation. Hummus Pizza Recipe

For a snack, you may like crostini topped with warm shaved roast beef and a dollop of hummus. Use store-bought crostini (or make your own), top it was warmed roast beef or other meat, and add a little warm hummus to the top. Although technically an appetizer, it can be a small snack, too.

A steak and hummus sandwich is also a great lunch or light dinner meal. You can use flank steak or even sandwich steaks in your grocer's freezer section with hummus spread on pita or a crusty hoagie roll. I like to cut French or Italian bread for these types of sandwiches. The meat can be a little greasy and Italian and French loaves do a good job at soaking up the grease. While the sandwich itself isn't very healthy, using hummus instead of mayo makes it a little better!