TGIF Treats Celebrate Hummus! Karen Belz

To know hummus is to love hummus. (Okay, I kind of stole and modified that tagline from the poster for the movie Say Anything – but it fits!)

The best part about this TGIF Treat – unlike my last one – is that it’s readily available in a variety of forms. Even better, you can make it at home if you’re feeling crafty and are better in the kitchen than I am. (Why is everything I cook flavorless?! I guess that’s another issue for another time.)

My first introduction to hummus can be credited to the Sabra portable packs, which I know are available at select convenience stores (I found them in QuickChek back in New Jersey and Sheetz up in Pennsylvania.) The packaging consists of two plastic containers – one which includes either garlic or red pepper hummus and the other filled with pretzel chips for dipping. In the midst of a work day, they are a perfect little pick-me-up. And for the vegetarians among us, they’re an excellent source of protein.

Full containers of Sabra hummus should be available at your grocery store and they come in a bunch of varieties – from Spinach and Artichoke to Jalapeno – thus, things rarely get repetitive if you’re in the mood for a creamy dip.

Here’s some background on hummus: It can be either a spread or dip, which is based on cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, salt, garlic and lemon juice. According to Wikipedia, a 2010 study found that hummus consumption in the United States had increased by 35% over a period of 21 months, with sales reaching nearly $300 million – which is pretty huge, since in 2006, only 12% of Americans had hummus in their household. VegWeb.com, which is personally my first resource for new recipes, has well over 75 user-submitted recipes for whipping up a batch at home, ranging from Avocado Hummus to Indian-Lentil Pumpkin Seed Hummus. Obviously, the hummus world is both open and extremely adventurous.

Let’s celebrate hummus this Friday! What’s your favorite brand? Do you have a spectacular recipe you’re willing to share?

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  1. Shout out to The Pita Hut in Birmingham, Alabama. I could eat a five gallon bucket of their hummus it is so amazing!!!

  2. Bobbi’s Hummus is the best! We got hooked when we lived in Philly. It’s a little pricey but perfection. I guess it’s all preference though. Not big Sabra fans anyway but hummus enthusiasts. Oh, and yes, when you make at home, use the liquid! World of difference.

  3. Cedar’s Mediterranean hummus is definitely the best hummus I’ve had. It has a little bit more texture than Sabra, just as many delicious flavors and it’s family owned instead of Sabra, which is owned by Pepsico.

  4. I did a hummus blog a few weeks back. :D I LOVE Hummus. The best snack EVER! And this spinach and artichoke one is DELICIOUS.

  5. I love that I was already eating hummus as I found this article. Great minds obviously think alike!

  6. SABRA BASIL PESTO HUMMUS OM NOM NOM NOM. By the way, THE BEST cracker for hummus are the Kashi Roasted Vegetable TLC Crackers……..so. good.

  7. I have found that if you use dried beans to make your hummus it turns out super creamy, almost fluffy. I put them in the blender with a ladle, hot, straight from the stove top. The heat and extra cooking liquid makes it super cream and delicious. It still won’t be as creamy as store bought though. If you want the store bought texture you would have to use chickpea/garbanzo bean flour. You can usually find this at a health/organic market.

  8. Gah, I need to go make some hummus now. Thanks a lot ladies!!

  9. mmm i could live off of different types of hummus

  10. Trader Joe’s eggplant hummus and the white bean and basil hummus are both AMAZING. I usually don’t like it store bought, but I can’t get enough of this stuff!

  11. I’m a big fan of Sabra’s variety of hummus, but if you’re in the Philadelphia area-you need to go to Dmitri’s restaurant at 23rd & Pine (they have two other locations, but this is my favorite) and snag some…….it’s the best I’ve ever had, served with grilled pita, lemony, fresh, and so delicious that I’ll get it as an appetizer and then order more to take home. I also suggest the spinach pie and the grilled octopus. :)

    • I, personally, am about maybe an hour and a half away from Philly – It’s been noted for my next weekend trip! Thank you!

  12. I am in love with hummus. I eat it with a spoon for lunch every day. Nothing beats Sabra’s pine nut hummus. This girl is addicted!

  13. I love the chipotle…it’s so good!

  14. I have recently fallen into a serious food love with Sabra’s Basil Pesto hummus. It is DELISH.

  15. I’m so sad about hummus. I ate it for a snack every day when I was pregnant, then one day I ate it and got some seriously heinous morning sickness… And now even though my son is almost three, I can’t even think the word “hummus” without dry heaving a little. This is, to this day, is one of my most upsetting pregnancy side effects.

  16. Sadly, I found that the only way to get it as creamy as the kind you buy is to soak the beans in a big bowl of water for a few minutes and then wiggle your fingers around in them until the little skins come off. I usually skip this and just deal, because by the time I start making hummus I’m already desperate to start eating it.

  17. I recently bought a food processor JUST so I could make my own hummus. I mean, hummus is like $6 and garbonzo beans are only like $1.50. Seemed like a no-brainer. But I can’t, for the life of me, get it as creamy and awesome as Sabra. Gotta keep trying though to justify the $140 I spent on the damned food processor.

    • Don’t throw away bean juice! Use some of the liquid from the can to make your hummus a bit creamier, may take a few tries to get it right but this does help!