Get ready to impress your friends and family at your Halloween or Day of the Dead gatherings with a “Day of the Dead Hummus” tray, made with love and colorful ingredients.
El Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant and culturally rich celebration that takes place right after Halloween, spanning both November 1st and 2nd.
With its roots tracing back to the Aztec civilization, where it was celebrated throughout an entire month, it’s a holiday filled with traditions, colorful decorations, and delicious food. The essence of El Dia de los Muertos is all about remembering, representing, and honoring the deceased, making it the perfect occasion to create something as visually captivating and tasty as a sugar skull-inspired hummus tray.
A Feast for the Senses
Sugar skulls are an iconic part of El Dia de los Muertos, used to pay tribute to the departed loved ones.
So why not take that inspiration and transform it into an appetizer that’s both eye-catching and mouthwatering? This holiday revolves around the spirit of togetherness, where families and friends gather to share food and drinks.
Our Day of the Dead Hummus Tray is the ideal appetizer to kick off the festivities. It’s not just for El Dia de los Muertos; you can also use it to add a touch of the holiday spirit to your Halloween night party, making it a two-in-one delight.
Creating Your Masterpiece
- Prepare Your Canvas: Start by setting up your canvas, which in this case is a large board or tray. You can even opt for a black tray to add an extra spooky element, serving as a backdrop for the eyes and the skull’s face.
- Form the Skull Shape: Begin by using two shot glasses (or small round glasses) to form the eyes of your sugar skull. Spread the hummus around them carefully, following a reference image or using the one provided.
- Decorate with Imagination: Raid your pantry for inspiration. In our version, we used pepitos to outline the eyes, but feel free to use any nuts or veggies cut into small shapes to suit your taste. To create the nose, you can use extra-large black olives or even use them for the eyes if you prefer.
- Add Flower Power: One of the trickier aspects is crafting the flowers at the top of the skull, which symbolize a pathway to the mortal world. If you can find edible flowers at your local store, that’s fantastic! If not, try your hand at making radish roses. They might not be as easy to craft as they appear on the internet, but it’s worth the effort. If you prefer a simpler approach, create radish curls to place on top of cucumber slices. Fresh herbs can be used to fill in the gaps and add a burst of color and flavor.
Impress Your Guests
If you’re hosting a Halloween party or a Day of the Dead celebration, this Day of the Dead Hummus Tray is the ultimate appetizer to leave your guests in awe.
Take your time, let your imagination run wild, and enjoy the creative process. Your creation will undoubtedly be a showstopper, and it’s an excellent way to honor and celebrate the dear departed with family and friends.
Tips & Tricks
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients, shapes, and colors. This is meant to be a fun and creative activity.
- If you’re short on time, you can always opt for store-bought hummus or even make your own using canned chickpeas.
- Get the whole family involved in decorating the tray. It’s a great way to bond and create lasting memories.
- Serve your hummus tray with an assortment of chips, crackers, or veggies for dipping.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also make mini sugar skull-shaped pita bread to accompany your hummus tray.
- Above all, have fun and enjoy the process of creating this beautiful and delicious tribute to El Dia de los Muertos. So gather your loved ones, put on some festive music, and let your creativity flow! Happy Day of the Dead!
This Day of the Dead Hummus Tray is not just an appetizer; it’s a work of art, a symbol of tradition, and a beautiful way to pay homage to those who have passed away.
Whether you’re celebrating El Dia de los Muertos with family and friends or hosting a Halloween gathering, this captivating and delicious creation will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
So, take your time, let your creativity shine, and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones while honoring those who hold a special place in your heart.
Day of the Dead Hummus Tray
- 1 Large Board or tray A black tray adds a cool backdrop for the eyes
- 2 Shot glasses or small round glasses Place them first, shaping hummus around for the eyes
- 2 Containers Plain or Garlic Hummus
- 1/4 Cup Pepitos Around the eyes
- 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds For the teeth
- 6 Radishes Sliced to look like roses
- 6 Slices Cucumbers To put under roses
- 1/4 Chick Peas To adorn throughout the face
- 3-5 Cranberries To use as center for flowers
- 1/2 Carrot thinly slices from small end To use as petals for the cranberry flowers
- 1 Thinly sliced red or orange pepper To use on cheeks
- 1 Small Bunch of fresh oregano, parsley, pea tendrils, To use to fill in flowers or around the face
- 2 Tops of green onions sliced as thin as possible and soaked in ice water for ten minutes or more so they curl up Put curls at the top in the flowers or around the mouth
- 2 Ex Large Black Olives To use for nose
- Place shot glasses as the eyes and full in hummus between and around in the shape of a sugar skull.
- Carefully pull shot glasses straight up and remove to form the eyes
- Cut olive in half and shape to make nose
- Thinly slice green onions as thin as you possibly can and put in ice bath so they curl up to use around the flowers. Let soak for entire time you are assembling the hummus skull
- Slice 6 cucumber slices and put at the top of the skull
- Use a slicer to get radish roses or cut them yourself with a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. You may want to practice this step prior to starting
- Place roses on top of cucumbers and adorn with fresh herbs and the curly green onion tops
- Put pepitos around the eyes
- Use sliced almonds to make the teeth
- Use cranberries and sliced carrots to make a flower on the chin and adorn with chick peas by the flower and on the cheeks
- Put out bowls of carrots and veggies or pita breads to enjoy with your masterpiece