Hummus with Ground Lamb and Toasted Pine Nuts

If you love hummus then you are going to love this traditional Middle Eastern appetizer which takes it to the next level. Hummus with Lamb and Pine Nuts is the combination of traditional, creamy hummus topped with hushwee – a ground meat and pine nut mixture. 

plate of hummus and ground lamb with olive oil being drizzled onto it
Hummus with Ground Lamb and Pine Nuts - a Middle Eastern Specialty

Hushwee is traditionally made with ground lamb or sirloin and is seasoned with my Lebanese All-Purpose Spice Blend made with cinnamon and ground allspice.

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The greatest part about this recipe is that the hot meat and pine nut mixture slightly heats up the hummus which is actually how it is meant to be served: warm, not cold. Just like a tomato tastes better at room temperature, hummus tastes better when it isn’t fully chilled.

Serve with warmed pita bread and a giant Lebanese salad and dinner = done.

Your fork is waiting.

plate of hummus and ground lamb with olive oil being drizzled onto it

Hummus with Ground Lamb and Toasted Pine Nuts

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A Lebanese specialty, creamy hummus is topped with hushwee, a cinnamon-scented meat and pine nut mixture, then served with warm pita bread.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
Servings: 8



  • Spread hummus in a thin layer on a large platter and set aside.
  • Melt clarified butter in a deep skillet over medium-high heat then add lamb to the pan. Begin browning the lamb using a wooden spoon to break up into bite-sized pieces.
  • After about 5 minutes, when the lamb is still partially cooked, stir in the onion and spices. Continue sautéing, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent and lamb is fully cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the heat and stir in the pine nuts. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Spoon warm lamb and pine nut mixture over the hummus and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with warm pita bread for scooping.

Recipe Video


Calories: 329kcalCarbohydrates: 13.1gProtein: 13.7gFat: 25.5gSaturated Fat: 7.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17.9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 636mgFiber: 3.1gSugar: 2.2g

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22 thoughts on “Hummus with Ground Lamb and Toasted Pine Nuts”

  1. Stephanie Norris

    I made this last week – so easy and tasty. Bound to become a regular thing …. Do you think it will work with chicken?

  2. I ended up finding pine nuts at another store.., this recipe was a total HIT at a dinner party! So simple to make and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

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