Announcing the Milk Street Online Cooking School — Access classes anytime, anywhere!

The Complete Milk Street TV Show Cookbook

Mstv Cookbook 2 Signed Final 4

New Season. New Recipes. New Book. Signed Editions available now!

Milk Street Recipe
Milk Street Bowtie Spiced Beef Topping for Hummus (Kawarma)

Spiced Beef Topping for Hummus (Kawarma)

20 minutes

2 Cups

Warm ground meat toppings lend rich, savory notes to hummus, and makes it a more robust meal. Our inspiration was kawarma, which uses ground lamb. We found beef was just as delicious. Use a wand-style grater to finely grate the garlic. The raw meat mixture can be combined up to an hour ahead and refrigerated until ready to cook. It also can be cooked ahead and refrigerated (minus the lemon and parsley), then reheated in a skillet or microwave just before serving. Finish with the lemon juice and parsley.

1/2 pound 90 percent lean ground beef 
3/4 cup water
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or mint
1½ teaspoons lemon juice
Tahini, to serve
Ingredients
  • ½

    pound 90 percent lean ground beef 

  • ¾

    cup water

  • 2

    garlic cloves, grated

  • 2

    teaspoons sweet paprika

  • ¾

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½

    teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½

    teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½

    large yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 1

    tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or mint

  • teaspoons lemon juice

  • Tahini, to serve

Directions