ffwD: Hummus

Other than Dorie’s vague explanation of how certain foods like hummus, tzatziki, and guacamole have “wiggled” their way into the “Gallic repertoire”, I’m not sure how French hummus is. Maybe it’s because my tastebuds can’t recognize the Middle Eastern flavors of hummus as anything but Middle Eastern, and certainly not French. Plus, it was a bit of a hunt finding a small enough container of tahini that wouldn’t require me to be eating homemade hummus everyday for the next three weeks. After this ho-hum experience, I’m not sure I’d make my own hummus again, especially when Sabra makes such delicious versions themselves. Next time, I’ll be more adventurous and follow Dorie’s suggestion of mixing in caramelized onions for a more definitive French flavor.

This hummus was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 02:00:33

    I always have a jar of homemade hummous in the fridge. I use an Egyptian version of tahini which is called tahina! I don’t know if it’s different but it tastes different to me:)

  2. Parsley Sage
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 02:11:34

    caramelized onions…in hummus? Eh, I don’t know about that one. I probably would have skipped that ingredient too. I think Dorie got a little sneaky on this one!

  3. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 04:01:35

    A French style of hummus sounds most intriguing 🙂
    Looks yum!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Alice
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 04:13:01

    I didnt feel like this was very French or changed your basic hummus in any way either… 😦 better luck next week!

  5. oneexpatslife
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 04:28:34

    It’s not french, it’s middle eastern as you say. But, kind of like Mexican food has wormed its way so deeply into the US that it’s sometimes hard to differentiate, middle eastern food is so easy to come by here in europe that it’s also sometimes difficult to remember where everything came from. For example, I can easily find tahini in pretty much any supermarket. But finding decent salsa is pretty much impossible 😦

  6. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 05:09:24

    I totally missed the idea of the caramelized onions and think it would make a great addition here. Did you have it with pretzels? I like that! Good job. Have a good weekend!

  7. Liz
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:19:21

    Like so many times before, you tracked down that elusive ingredient! I’ve never found a store bought hummus to ever be as good as homemade…maybe I need to come shopping with you 😉

  8. Cher
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:48:43

    I think homemade hummus is worth it, but this recipe was a little more “pared down” than some of the others I have used in the past. (If you don’t want to splurge on the tahini, peanut butter or another type of nut butter works really well too).
    The caramelized onion sounds like a really good idea…

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:51:35

    Ha, I misread that as Garlic at first! Oh well, it looks good no matter what repertoire it’s in!

  10. cquek
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:21:06

    What an inspiring post!

  11. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:44:44

    I’m sure you will master taking it from ho-hum to ho-hummus in no time!

  12. TrafficDiva
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 08:14:36

    Hahaha!! I like “Sprout Health Lifestyle”s comment and agree competely!!! That is one the reasons I enjoy reading your blog. You always find interesting and clever ways to make each dish your own without straying so far away from the intended receipe. It’s your flare with these types of dishes that makes me (and hopefully others) want to try my hand and see what creations I can come up with! Another great post, Yummy!!!!!

  13. Ronda
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 09:37:56

    Another option is to use peanut butter instead of tahini. Many people seem to like it that way (I am not one of them, but it does get rave reviews from others). Another option anyway should you feel a need for hummus!

  14. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:03:41

    Great presentation – your hummus looks delicious:) I think caramelized onions would make it more French. Hope you have a nice week end.

  15. cooking varieties
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:22:28

    hi dear..as for me, i have no idea how it is being done.. am blur on this recipe.. at least you know what to do next time-all the best..have a nice day

  16. tracy
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:36:27

    Oh my I love hummus and as a vegetarian I eat it fairly regularly. This looks so delicious.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  17. saffronandhoney
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 11:30:33

    Hummus is pretty easy to make yourself but I’m with you, more often than not , it’s easier to buy some to satisfy the craving!

  18. squishymonster
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 12:57:22

    Mmmm, YUM! Don’t tell anyone, but the fact that tahini is so darn expensive is what’s been putting me off from making my own. Yours looks incredibly thick and creamy ^.^

  19. Mary
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 13:25:02

    I know what you’re saying, I’ve had very bland and somewhat gritty results with homemade hummus and as you say Sabra is just great! caramelized onions sound good though 🙂
    Mary x

  20. Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 14:19:55

    I have never made humus, but always wanted to try. Yours look great! There are so much recipes that require tahini, so if I buy some, maybe I could use up the rest to make them, too.

  21. hotlyspiced
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 17:03:03

    I love hummus but I wouldn’t call it French. But that does seem just like the French to take someone else’s idea and re-brand it as their own. I think caramelised onions would bring a great sweetness and wonderful flavour to hummus so I’d like to try that – but I still wouldn’t call it French! xx

  22. bakeawaywithme.com
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 18:48:19

    Hummus is so easy to make and, so much better when fresh! Lovely looking hummus! Have a great weekend!

  23. betsy
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 19:44:10

    I completely missed Dorie’s suggestion to add caramelized onions. Yum! I’m a huge fan of Sabra, though this recipe was OK. I added extra liquid to try to match the Sabra consistency.

  24. libishski
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 20:19:58

    I’m forever on the hunt for the perfect hummus recipe. All the ones that I’ve made in the past have been good but not fantastic. I’ll try using caramelised onions next time. Thanks!

  25. Sara
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 23:44:39

    Haha, I would have to agree hummus is not very French, but it does look tasty! For what it’s worth, I’ve made tahini at home using sesame seeds….just be sure to get the untoasted ones, it works great and you don’t end up with a huge amount (I can also only find it in amounts that seem like I would never use it up).

  26. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 00:52:16

    Hommus is one of the best dips, especially good with some fresh Turkish bread. 😀 Yours looks so good!

  27. kitchen therapy
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 04:28:17

    Your hummus looks great, but I’m with you, so much easier to buy it!

  28. Maria
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 09:24:03

    Hummus (store-bought or homemade) and pretzels mmmm yummy!!!! I would like the caramelised onions on the side though 🙂 I don’t want them to spoil the special taste of the tahini 😉

  29. Elaine
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 12:22:37

    I think this is one of those recipes you either like or don’t. Good for you for hunting down the tahini.

  30. Carine
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 14:46:24

    I’ve been wanting to try making my own hummus for the longest time… oay about two months, and I can’t possibly find tahini!

  31. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 16:07:02

    I loooove hummus! I always forget to make it on my own! thanks for the reminder!

  32. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 16:56:19

    Hmmm, I’d never thought of this as French either. But I do enjoy making my own–easier than driving to the grocery store!

  33. nana
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 19:38:39

    Looks great, I love your presentation. I, too, am wondering what to do with all that tahini. It definitely is not a good tasting item, has to be mixed with other

  34. Beth
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 20:31:51

    The caramelized onions sound like a great touch. (And I was wondering how hummus qualified as French food!)

  35. ohfishiee
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 22:17:03

    i love middle eastern cuisine 🙂 their flavourful dip goes well with almost everything!

    Latest: Mookata: Smell your BBQ Flavour

  36. Ameena
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 22:48:12

    Hummus can be so hit or miss…I’ve made it once or twice. It was sort of a disaster. Sabra all the way for me!

  37. Jessica
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 03:00:07

    cute blog! i loove hummus!


  38. Cakelaw
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 05:17:41

    I had trouble finding tahini at all – and now I have an enormous jar! Your hummus looks great. However, like you, buyiong it is my choice.

  39. triciaandnana
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 07:13:22

    I kind of chuckled at the French recipe for the week as well but since my family enjoys hummus – having it as the “Dorie Food” of the week is probably the only way they would get it 🙂 And I feel really guilty but happy that Nana did all the legwork and hooked me up with the Tahini. How lucky am I ????

  40. rebecca
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 08:50:43

    this looks like the perfect healthy snack

  41. Larissa
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 14:33:48

  42. Audrey Allure
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 20:05:57

    I love hummus! Looks so good.

  43. Betty
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 22:00:53

    I’ve never thought of hummus as being French in any way, but I do love it. Yours looks delish! 🙂

  44. Katerina
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 05:13:07

    Living in Greece I have the chance to eat hummus quite often and I love its texture and flavor!

  45. Recipe Junkie
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 10:03:31

    mmm may be it’s just the UK, but I do prefer home made hummus – not that I make it that oftne, but ijust keep a jar of tahini in the back fo the fridge – it seems to be pretty long lasting 🙂

  46. jora
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 15:23:10

    i agree, i still don’t understand why this recipe belongs in a french cookbook. oh well. i guess you can’t love them all

  47. Bonnie (@GlamKitten88)
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 18:35:18

    I am not so sure about hummus, but Mr. A LOVES it. He can’t get enough.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  48. merigoesround
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 20:20:24

    I’ve never tried putting onions in my homemade hummus, but I do adore onions so I should give it a try!

  49. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 20:25:21

    We love hummus as a snack with pita.. it’s so healthy!

  50. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 20:58:39

    i eat hummus everynight as I am getting dinner ready. Every night literally and I can’t wait to try this one!

  51. atasteofmadess
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 00:32:58

    I cannot believe I have never made hummus before. This sounds like the best thing since sliced bread 😉 YUM!

  52. Tandy
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 01:56:40

    I would not have said hummus was French either. Add some tahini to your soups 🙂

  53. Quay Po Cooks
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 04:43:59

    I have not tried my hands on making hummus yet. Gotto to try soon. I wish I could taste yours. BTW, thank you so much for your frequent visit and leave kind words on my posts.

  54. Erin E
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 09:54:49

    Yeah, I am not sure how French it is either, but the addition of onions sounds pretty awesome!

  55. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 10:38:14

    This looks fantastic!

  56. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 13:51:59

    The caramelized onions sound terrific…that would be a good next one to try. Sorry your version wasn’t all that. Next time…

  57. tokyohamster
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 17:47:11

    haha i also have a huge bottle of tahini that i have no idea what to use it for other than a boat load of hummus!

  58. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 22:41:15

    I’ve tried Sabra before and enjoyed it. Without your link, I didn’t even remember the name but the picture helped. 😉 Interesting French version includes caramelized onions? Sounds good to me. I’m curious…

  59. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 00:26:23

    the caramelized onions was a great idea!

  60. Zen and Genki
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 10:56:14

    Great shot (and great food…I love hummus!)

  61. Mary Hirsch
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 15:45:43

    Your Post made me smile. Sabra. Costco. Nothing better.

  62. Amanda
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 12:00:41

    Caramelized onions sound like they would be delicious! I love the presentation.

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