Arguably, one of the easiest appetizers on the planet is store-bought hummus. Pop the lid and serve alongside crackers and veg. While you’re not going to hear any complaints it’s not exactly a show stopper piece until… you make it a hummus platter!!
Instead of just popping the lid off a tub of hummus you’ll have to pop and unscrew the lids off a few additional condiments and then assemble. No additional work required (with the exception of slicing and assembling) to end up with a sock-knocking-off hummus platter.
8 servings per container
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat 10.2g 16%
- Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
- Sodium 309mg 13%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 473mg 14%
- Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
- Dietary Fiber 9.3g 38%
- Sugars 3.9g
- Protein 10.6g 22%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
The Platter That Changed Entertaining
I can’t remember the first time I saw or heard of a loaded hummus platter. I wasn’t even sure what it was to be honest. BUT I love hummus AND I’m always down for a simple, easy party loving appetizer… so I was clearly all in. One of the things I love most about the concept of a hummus platter is how adaptable it is to the changing seasons or number of guests you’re serving. Large crowd? Whip up 2 or three of these bad boys and load each one with different varieties of veg, meat, and cheese. The options are endless.
While you can certainly be extra by making your own hummus and roasting your own chickpeas, I specifically kept this simple. Chances are, there’s a more important component to your dinner party or backyard bash. Unless you’re hosting a hummus party that is!
One of my go to party-pleasing-go-to-backyard-bashes (wow that was a mouthful) is Mediterranean inspired. And it all starts with THIS hummus platter followed by: pan fried Greek chicken thighs, oven roasted veg, my homemade Tzatziki, a big bowl of rice, and bakery purchased baklava. There’s a method to the madness and I’ll spill below. You’re about to get more than you bargained for on this post wink wink
Hummus Platter Revelations
At some point in my life I realized entertaining was NOT about killing yourself. It was about people. Belly laughter. Good music. Backyard fires. Dogs running in the yard. And little kids with sticky fingers (friends with kids that is). No one cared if I made my pita chips from scratch LOLOLOL
So I got over myself and that rehabbed my strategy for sanity reasons. Starting with the humble yet mighty hummus platter. For real. I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I wanted to try and something like this seemed logical. You guessed it. A HIT. And I was left wondering how else I could streamline party time. Solution time below.
My Party Food Flow
I always pick a main dish that can be marinated over night and quickly finished in a pan, on the grill, or in the oven. That way, if the weather acts up there’s always a back up way to dish the food no problem.
I pick one side that can also be finished in a pan, on the grill, or in the oven. Same reason. But it also helps with timing, and means there’s one less thing to think about. Ideally, my side dish is of the veg variety and a one pan or one pot kinda deal. That way I can prep and forget.
Then there’s one semi-homemade kinda thing. Typically the app for me. It’s what the greedy, hungry people in my life inhale while they wait for the food-food. So there’s no reason to stress out about something that will be devoured in seconds, right?
ALWAYS purchase something (at least 1 item) completely made. Whether that’s the app, the side dish, the dessert. Doesn’t matter. If I don’t have someone helping me there’s no way I’m doing IT ALL from scratch unless its Thanksgiving. Just is what it is. I’m good with it, because it means I have more time before, during, and after to just enjoy the moment. If you don’t have help, I promise you, picking at least one thing from you menu and purchasing it locally or from the grocery will make a HUGE difference.
While I don't own this exact platter, I do own and love on 3 oval and rectangular melamine platters regularly. I purchased years ago so those designs just aren't around any more! This tray is BPA free, however, it's not microwave safe. BUT it's shatterproof which makes it the perfect for the outdoors or rambunctious families. Or, for clumsy people just like me ha. This platter comes in a few different patterns so click away and go check them out!
Of course there’s a bunch of other tidbits like drinks, and condiments etc etc, but that’s not what this post is about. Don’t worry, I’ll come back and hit you with more info later! In the meantime I hope you found this helpful! Funny how one hummus platter turned my entire entertaining routine on its head. But that’s what happens when you try new things. You learn new things and life gets better in one way or another!
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Let Me Know!
What toppings would you add to your hummus platter? I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to hear what yours are! Hoping you found this post to be more than a recipe. That you found a bit of encouragement here too. There’s no reason we should be making the kitchen complicated. Do what you can, when you can, how you can. The rest… will sort itself out.
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