Hummus Bowls with Spiced Lamb

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
The base of this recipe is a warm, silky hummus that comes together quickly. We used canned chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon and cumin to make it, and top it with a fragrantly spiced mixture of ground lamb. Follow our lead and serve yours with warm pita and cucumber salad.



  1. Bring the chickpeas and their liquid to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Drain, reserving the liquid. Set aside 1/4 cup chickpeas for topping. Process the remaining chickpeas in a food processor with 1/2 cup chickpea liquid, the tahini, half of the garlic, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon each cumin and salt to make a silky puree, scraping down the sides as needed, 2 to 3 minutes. If the hummus is too thick, add more chickpea liquid 1 tablespoon at a time; season with salt.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour off all but about 3 tablespoons drippings. Stir in the remaining garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin, the paprika, cinnamon and allspice; cook, stirring, until toasted, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and simmer until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and half of the herbs.
  3. Divide the hummus among bowls. Top with the lamb mixture, the reserved chickpeas, remaining herbs and a light drizzle of olive oil. Serve with pita and cucumber salad.