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Sweet Potato-Tahini Dip with Za-atar | Easy Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe

Sweet Potato Hummus with Tahini and Homemade Za-atar

This sweet potato dip recipe is reprinted with permission from Alexandra Shytsman’s Friendsgiving. The recipe makes slightly more za-atar than the recipe calls for, but she suggests using the leftovers on roasted vegetables or to use as an olive oil dipping sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 small sweet potatoes about 1 pound, scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice from about half a lemon
  • A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce for Whole30, choose a compliant option
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Piece the sweet potatoes all over with a fork and wrap each one tightly in foil. Place on a baking sheet and roast until the flesh gives easily when pressed, about 1 hour. Unwrap and set aside to cool completely.
  • To make the za’atar, toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet over low heat until golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and add the thyme, sumac, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir and set aside.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and place them in a food processor. Add the tahini, water, lemon juice, hot sauce, a few turns of pepper, and 2 teaspoons of the prepared za’atar. Puree until completely smooth. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Scrape the dip into a small serving bowl, drizzle with the oil, and sprinkle with a teaspoon of the za’atar. Serve alongside crackers and crudités, or warm pita if that’s your bag!