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(16,562 posts)
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 01:49 PM Dec 2020

We need to talk about what 'foodies' are doing to hummus

One of the songs my toddler listens to as part of the endless loop of nursery rhymes that permeates our home these days starts like this:

'Do you like broccoli?/ Yes, I do, yes, I do/ Do you like ice cream?/ Yes, I do, yes, I do/ Do you like broccoli ice cream?/ No, I don't, yucky!'

This unflinching lesson in the art and discipline of food combinations is now more important than ever.

Not content with the extent of the calamity that is the year 2020, vandals have taken to the dark corners of the web in recent months, wielding an axe to a cherished symbol of many – the spartan but kingly hummus.


It all started with white bean hummus, which is not hummus.

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We need to talk about what 'foodies' are doing to hummus (Original Post) Mosby Dec 2020 OP
"That is what hummus is" handmade34 Dec 2020 #1
I love some Hatch 505 green chiles on my hummus. CrispyQ Dec 2020 #2
I TOTALLY agree!!! Kali Dec 2020 #3
LOL - I know - what the H is "chocolate hummus? n/t Backseat Driver Dec 2020 #4
It's been going on for a while Retrograde Dec 2020 #5
I admit to a debased appreciation for olive hummus... TygrBright Dec 2020 #6
whole foods sell avocado hummus. mopinko Dec 2020 #7
Hummus is essentially bean dip Major Nikon Dec 2020 #8
I basically agree with that Mosby Dec 2020 #9
Now you've done it -- I had to go and whip up a triple recipe of hummus ! eppur_se_muova Dec 2020 #10
A few weeks ago, there was pumpkin hummus no_hypocrisy Dec 2020 #11
OK, this is just unacceptable. Mosby Dec 2020 #12
But it's gluten free! Retrograde Dec 2020 #13
Same here. Mosby Dec 2020 #15
This is how bad its getting Mosby Dec 2020 #14


(22,760 posts)
1. "That is what hummus is"
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 01:55 PM
Dec 2020

agree... I make a pretty good hummus and love it!! funny though, I had put some great northern beans on the other day to start baked beans... I ended up leaving them on too long and they were mush... figured I would just use them to make "white bean hummus"

just came in from feeding it to the chickens


(10,235 posts)
5. It's been going on for a while
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 03:57 PM
Dec 2020

First there was hummus with roasted red peppers. Then hummus with pine nuts (which are at least a Mediterranean ingredient). Then the floodgates opened and just about any combination is called "hummus" if it has some mashed beans in it somewhere.

I like a spicy black bean dip or a white bean and garlic spread, but as far as I'm concerned hummus contains garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, and salt. These days I make my own (thanks, Instant Pot!) so I can control what goes into it.


(20,811 posts)
6. I admit to a debased appreciation for olive hummus...
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 05:23 PM
Dec 2020

...that is, "real" hummus with chopped olives (preferably kalamata or some other very tangy, salty variety) mixed in.

But beyond that, I will NOT go.

And roasted red pepper hummus is an abomination.

I refuse to acknowledge that any of those other slorpy concoctions are even in the same food family.



(70,703 posts)
7. whole foods sell avocado hummus.
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 05:26 PM
Dec 2020

i was- wait, wut?

i agree. call marketing. tell them you need a new name.

Major Nikon

(36,846 posts)
8. Hummus is essentially bean dip
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 07:03 PM
Dec 2020

And like every other bean dip it lends itself very well to adding other flavors into the mix.

I find the analogies listed by the author a bit ridiculous. While using something other than the original basic ingredients does make it something other than hummus, adding additional ingredients not found in the traditional recipe to hummus does not make it not-hummus.


(16,562 posts)
9. I basically agree with that
Wed Dec 9, 2020, 07:26 PM
Dec 2020

For me it has to have chickpeas, tahini and lemon.

Any dip without those ingredients is not hummus.

Put anything in it, peppers, olives, pine nuts, all good.

And in my experience, olive oil is a little heavy, it needs to be cut with sunflower or some other healthy oil.

I think the author was being a little tongue and cheek.


(36,368 posts)
10. Now you've done it -- I had to go and whip up a triple recipe of hummus !
Sun Dec 13, 2020, 10:04 PM
Dec 2020

I tried the Milk Street recommendation of adding some tahini (not as much as their recipe called for), though I didn't follow their recipe otherwise. I use canned chickpeas, so it's supposedly not as good as starting from dried ones, but a little cumin helps to compensate.


(10,235 posts)
13. But it's gluten free!
Wed Dec 23, 2020, 11:31 PM
Dec 2020

another of my pet peeves - slapping a gluten-free label on foods that normally wouldn't have any in it in the first place.


(16,562 posts)
15. Same here.
Fri Dec 25, 2020, 12:11 AM
Dec 2020

The worst is when its a single ingredient, like say almond flour.

Eta and they make sure to tell us they're kosher almonds, don't want eat the non kosher ones by mistake, lol.

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