Dining In 1 minute 26 October 2018

Recipe: Sweet Potato Hummus

This popular dish from Bib Gourmand restaurant Miss Ada is a mainstay on its menu.

Middle Eastern recipe Vegetarian

“Middle Eastern eateries are popping up faster than you can say ‘labne,’ but Miss Ada stands apart from the pack,” say Michelin inspectors of Tomer Blechman’s charming eatery in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood.

The Bib Gourmand-designated establishment has become a standby in the borough and beyond since its opening in the spring of 2017, much thanks to Blechman serving up crowd-pleasing favorites like baba ganoush with ginger aioli and eggplant chips, kofta kebabs with baharat and harissa, and sweet potato hummus with crème fraîche and smoked paprika oil.

A variation on the traditional dish, Blechman omits chickpeas completely from his sweet potato hummus, resulting in a beautiful and vibrant dish having a fluffy texture. It always graces the Miss Ada menu. “Sweet potatoes have been essential for fall and wintertime, but it's become so popular that it's being kept on the menu [all year-round],” he says. “[They’re] versatile in a way that makes the dish both sweet and spicy.”

Here’s how to make it at home.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Recipe Courtesy of Chef/Owner Tomer Blechman, Miss Ada, NYC


5 sweet potatoes
1 cup tahini
1 cup smoked paprika
1 cup canola oil
1 red onion, cut into small dice, plus sliced red onion, for garnish
5 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons crème fraîche
Sliced almonds, toasted in canola oil and bahārāt spice mix, for garnish
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes, for garnish
Pita or sliced vegetables, for serving


1. Make the hummus: Cover sweet potatoes with water in a large pot and boil until tender. Remove the skins from the sweet potatoes and discard, transfer to food processor and pulse with the tahini until smooth.

2. Make the paprika oil: Place the paprika and canola oil in small pot and bring to a simmer; remove from heat and let cool. Strain into a squeeze bottle and reserve.

3. Make the crème fraîche: Combine the diced red onion, garlic and crème fraîche in a bowl; season with salt and reserve.

4. To serve, plate the hummus and create a nest; place the crème fraiche mixture in the middle. Top with some almonds, sliced onion, a drizzle of paprika oil and the Aleppo pepper flakes. Serve with pita or sliced vegetables.

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