Hummus is one of those dishes that it took me awhile to start liking. It seems like such a ubiquitously vegan food – I mean, there’s an entire chapter on hummus and its variations (I’m including white bean dips and spreads, etc) in ED&BV. When I first tried it, I didn’t “get it”. Why on earth would I want to dip my chip or cracker in a pool of mushy, cold paste? Yeah.
A couple of years back, I finally tried hummus at a gathering and actually kind of liked it. Then I discovered that if I nuked my hummus in the microwave for a couple of secs to bring it to room temperature or a bit above, I didn’t mind it. Then I made my own hummus and fell in love.
I’m kind of picky about hummus. There are some brands I like and some brands of some flavours I like. Oddly enough, my least favourite flavour of hummus is roasted red pepper. I like normal hummus and I like roasted red peppers. But the combination tastes absolutely terrible to me.
Anyway, Sabra hummus is a brand I’ve heard tossed around on veggieboards and other forums and I’ve always wanted to try it. I checked out the website and it looked epic! It seems hard to find Sabra around here though. I swore for a long time I’d seen it somewhere (they’re kind of distinctive) but lately, when I’ve looked for it, I can’t find any of it. Anyway, the first time I tried Sabra classic hummus, it was in these snack packs. Sobeys and metro sells them… about half a cup of classic hummus and half a cup to a cup of pretzel crisps. They’re reasonably healthy, especially in these days of “these oil-laden chips are healthy because they’re baked and not friend!” or “sugar covered candy coated chocolate and caramel”.
Anyway, I find the classic hummus good, but nothing to write home about. I like the pc brand hummus too. But if I want plain hummus, my favourite is my home made hummus. It’s pretty simple. Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. But somehow it tastes different. I like my hummus marginally chunkier than pre-packaged tend to be and somehow even using canned chickpeas, my hummus still tastes better… imo, of course.
Today I found the roasted pine nut hummus at metro… I’m working out of town and needed lunch. It’s fabulous. Amazing. Smooth, creamy and a little bit sweet from the pine nuts. Yum. I think this is my new favourite hummus. Pity it’s so darn expensive!
Now I want to try the Hummus Abu-Goush (although I wonder if that will just be just like the roasted pine nuts one) and spinach and artichoke hummus (my favourite dip ever!). I think that’s it though. The rest look good but not great just from the descriptions. Now I just need to find a store near here that sells them… I can’t go driving off to London everytime I want sabra hummus! There’s a metro in cambridge… maybe I should try that. Although it’s probably a good thing I haven’t found it near here. I’d eat nothing but hummus if I did.
Anyone have a favourite brand of hummus? Any varieties of Sabra hummus I must try?