“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dip „
I love houmous, love it..love it....love it! I only discovered the stuff a couple of years ago and since then it has been a firm favourite in my fridge and in my tesco home delivery every single week. It's a savoury dip made from ground chickpeas, lemon and garlic mainly and the flavour is completely unique. I do believe it maybe not to everyone's taste but the people who like it do seem to absolutely love it. I love the fact that there seems to be an increasing number of variations on the plain houmous appearing in the shops. Every time I pop into my local Tescos there seems to be a new variation there just waiting for me to try. This week I was organising a small party for my eldest daughters fourth birthday. Along with all the kiddie food I also wanted to provide a few snacks for the mums so they weren't forced to snack on cheesy puffs and jammie dodgers. I immediately thought of picking up some breadsticks and houmous as I knew they would probably go down well. While scanning the selection on offer in Tescos, I decided to go for the Red Pepper Pesto Houmous. I love pesto and thought that the combination of flavours would be really tasty. I believe the houmous cost approx £1.14 for a 200g tub. I think this is quite a good value product as a tub usually last me a 2 days and can be stored in the fridge once opened as long as it is consumed within the time as directed on the packaging. I certainly wasn't disappointed with this variation, the flavour combination was fantastic and it tasted amazing with a crunchy, savoury breadstick. I received positive comments all round and even a few of the youngsters started dipping their breadsticks in. To sum up I just want to recommend my favourite current sandwich filling........... houmous and grated carrot...yummy!!!!
There are a wide range of 'flavoured' houmous dips available at Tesco's alongside ordinary houmous. My favourite of these has to be the pesto houmous. This is priced at £1.14, but usually works out less than this as the dips are usually on a promotion of some sort. For those who have never had houmous, it is a Mediterranean dip that is traditionally made with crushed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic and olive oil. The pesto houmous is a traditional houmous that is topped with a basil, cheese and garlic dressing. It looks like traditional houmous except that there is a dollop of pesto sauce in the middle. I usually mix the pesto into the houmous before eating. The dip comes in a 200g pot, which is enclosed in cardboard packaging which contains a picture of the dip and nutritional information. It is suitable for vegetarians. When the pot is opened there is a pleasant lemony smell alongside basil and garlic, but this is not overpowering. The houmous has a lovely tangy taste and the pesto sauce brings another dimension to it. My favourite way of eating houmous is as a dip for toasted pitta bread. It's a useful item to have in the fridge for times when you don't feel like cooking, as with pitta bread it can make a meal. It is also good with breadsticks or vegetable sticks such as carrots or celery. I've also used it as a sandwich spread - try houmous spread on wholemeal bread with grated carrot! Each quarter pot contains 190 calories and 17g fat, of which 1.7g is saturated. Once opened the pot must be kept refrigerated and consumed within 2 days. It is not suitable for home freezing.
Tescos Pesto Houmous. I am a huge lover of Houmous which is a deceptive little product if you ask me because its one of those things that sits in the healthy section and looks horrible enough to infact be 'healthy' yet is horrendously fat packed. This Tescos product costs approx £1.50 and comes in a 200g clear circular tub in the style of coleslaw. A quarter of a tub comes in at 157 calories and is packed with no less than 14.9 g of fat! The ingredients are as follows: Cooked Chickpeas (40%), Vegetable Oil, Water, Sesame Seed Paste (12%), Concentrated Lemon Juice (3%), Salt, Regato Cheese, Basil, Garlic, Sbrinz Medium Fat Hard Cheese, Garlic Puree, Sugar, Cooked Chickpeas (water, Chickpeas) I am used to eating plain Houmous and will quite happily sit there of an evening with a box of bread sticks and munch my way through half a tub , more if its not taken away from me! The addition of pesto though gives this Houmous a whole new twang, the basil works surprisingly well and because of the way its packaged if you have anyone in the house ( as I do ) who isn't fond of pesto its quite easy to scoop away the top layer. The lemon bites through the flavour but not overpoweringly so. This is a nicely textured Houmous which makes a massive difference to me on the enjoyability factor. I have experienced some that are blended so finely its a bit like eating baby food, with Tescos brand it is finely textured but at the same time not so much so that you think you're eating a spread. All in all a nice flavoured moorish dip with a little extra Italian pizazz!