March 19, 2008

AND A GOOD EXCUSE TO WOOF WHEAT THINS:

More hummus, please (Renée Enna, March 19, 2008, Chicago Tribune)

Hummus, that Middle Eastern spread starring chickpeas, oil, and sometimes tahini (sesame seed paste), isn't hard to make but it's even easier to buy. The number of brands is increasing and so are the flavors. Maybe that's no surprise. Hummus (also spelled hommos) is healthful and delicious (as a sandwich spread or veggie dip, for starters) and low in fat and calories; few brands in our tasting exceeded 25 calories per tablespoon. [...]

The winner, Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine, was purchased at Whole Foods Market. Tasters loved its flavor, texture and authenticity; it also had the fewest calories per tablespoon (14). It was followed by two familiar supermarket brands: Athenos placed a close-behind second, Tribe finished third.

Here are the winners, with tasters' remarks.

1. Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine (7.5 points. 16 ounces, $4.39; 27 cents per ounce): "Nice tart kick that mellows out." "Nice chunky texture." "Tastes like canned chickpeas."


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2008 10:48 AM
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Here's the Cook's Illustrated hummus recipe, which is excellent and easy:

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 medium garlic clove, minced or put through a press
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne pepper

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, about 40 seconds. Move to serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until flavors meld, at least 30 minutes. Can be refrigerated for up to two days.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 19, 2008 5:32 PM

Dangerously addictive. Greeks, Arabs and Israelis are still arguing about who invented it.

Posted by: mike in europe at March 19, 2008 5:34 PM
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