Adding butter to hummus seems wrong.

But definitely not wrong enough to not try it! In addition to seeming wrong, it also seems brilliant.

Food & Wine recently had an article dedicated to the food scene in Minneapolis and finally the food world seems to be giving Minneapolis/St. Paul the credit it deserves. In the article, they featured a recipe for hummus with smoked paprika butter and za’atar from the chef at Saffron, a modern Mediterranean restaurant. I only visited Saffron once, and don’t recall seeing hummus with butter on the menu, but I know I was impressed with everything we had.

I’m always up for a new twist on hummus and was pretty excited to try this one out. I love hummus as much as the next person but sometimes I need a bit of flair, something special! In addition to the beautiful color, the smoked paprika butter adds a smoky, rich flavor that is a wonderful addition to hummus.

If you don’t have any za’atar seasoning, don’t worry, it can be left out. If you don’t have smoked paprika…you need some.

PS. I tried making this with earth balance, but it was not as good as the real butter version. If you are vegan, you are probably used to the difference and wouldn’t mind, but if you aren’t, use real butter!


Please make your own hummus, it makes a world of difference! :)

Hummus with Smoked Paprika Butter

by Food & Wine

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: appetizer snack side gluten-free vegetarian beans


Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (more if you like!)
  • 2 cups hummus
  • 2 Tbsp za’atar seasoning


Heat butter in small pan.

After 1-2 minutes, when bubbling, sprinkle paprika over butter and whisk until smooth.

Pour over hummus and sprinkle with za’atar.

Serve with pita chips and veggies.

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12 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mellissa
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    I have a love affair with smoked paprika, it makes everything so wonderful!


  2. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I’ve definitely heard of olive oil on top of hummus, but never butter. It sounds like a great call though – butter has such an awesome flavor that it’s totally worth using the real stuff from time to time!


  3. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I have never thought of this before! Amazing idea!!


  4. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Za’atar is one of my favorite herb/spice combos! But I definitely need to get my hands on some smoked paprika.


  5. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I was so happy to see the Minneapolis article in F & W also! This looks amazing! I really can’t imagine the flavor of creamy hummus mixed with melty butter, but your photos make it look to-die-for!


    • Emily
      Jul 31, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

      I keep seeing that restaurant you love, Tilia(?) EVERYWHERE too.


  6. Joanna
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    This looks lovely! I will be trying this. Love your blog!!!


  7. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    oh goodness, this sounds fantastic! great idea! :)


  8. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    One word: dangerous. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stop at a serving. :) Looks phenomenal, is what I’m saying.


  9. Jenn (eating bender)
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    Wow, this sounds incredible! I love that they are calling attention to MSP. I’ve never been to Saffron but perhaps can convince the group to go next time we’re back visiting family over Labor Day! In the meantime, I definitely need to try this recipe.


  10. stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    this hummus looks so good! i agree, pumping up hummus with a lil something extra is a fab idea – i’d devour this stuff!


  11. Lori
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I’m crazy about paprika, and butter in hummus is a wrong that I could definitely convince myself it’s right. Yum!


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