Want to impress your guests at your next get together or dinner party? Get them started with a hummus bar.
Different DIY bars are all the rage lately, from chili stations to hot chocolate bars filled with toppings and mix-ins. Even hot dog bars have become a popular summer party idea. But, you can top them all with a simple and delicious hummus bar.
Let’s go over some of the steps for hummus station success.
It Starts With a Great Recipe
Hummus, on its own, is a pretty basic thing. That isn’t to say it’s not flavorful or delicious, because it is. You can find authentic hummus recipes all over the Internet, like on themediterraneandish.com.
Once you decide on your favorite recipe, double or triple it (or more, depending on how many guests you’ll have!). The idea is to make a huge batch that will be topped and mixed with other things later. As a time-saver, you can make your hummus the night before your party and store it wrapped in the fridge.
Load Up With Toppings
Here’s the fun part; setting out a wide variety of toppings and mix-ins. Put your main batch of hummus in several large bowls, and then set out smaller bowls that guests can use to add a bit of the base hummus, as well as some toppings. Not sure which toppings will work best? Try some of the following:
- Roasted red peppers
- Feta cheese
- Pine nuts
- Hot sauce
- Marinated olives
The sky’s the limit when it comes to hummus toppings, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Think about some of the things you would like, and chances are your guests will like them, too!
Get Your Dippers
Finally, you’ll want your hummus bar to include several different dipping options. Hummus is meant to be a snack/appetizer, so keep things light when you’re choosing dippers. Crackers, pita chips, and fresh vegetables are all great choices and won’t have your guests feeling too full and weighed down before the main dinner event. They’re also portable options so people can carry a small plate around with their hummus dish and dippers, while socializing with everyone else at the party.
Knowledge is Power
There’s a chance that some of your guests may have never had hummus before, or they might be hesitant to try it. So, to entice them a bit more, decorate some index cards with a few fun facts about this healthy treat, and set them around the bar for people to read while they’re making their perfect creations.
You could include the ingredients of hummus, its origin, how it’s typically served, or even some of the health benefits associated with it.
Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to get creative. Now that food bars have become more popular, it can be hard to come up with unique ideas on how to keep them from getting boring, but setting up a station is a great option that hasn’t been over-done. You’ll love how easy the prep is, and your guests will love the Mediterranean experience.