Hummus, a dip with zing

Test Kitchen

April 16, 2008|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,Sun reporter

With its good-fat, zingy taste and Mediterranean elan, hummus is an appetizer of champions. Not only plain hummus but its flavored offspring are popular enough now to be available in every supermarket. But which tastes best?

A panel of Taste section staffers conducted a blind tasting of four brands of roasted red-pepper hummus available locally. In this case, we were happy to learn that the least-expensive choices had actually fared best. Our winner was the Giant brand Simply Enjoy, which made a nice presentation and had the strongest red-pepper flavor. Close behind, and also among the most affordable, was the Tribe version, which can be found in many grocery stores.

Summer Fresh Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

$3.99 for 8 ounces

Purchased at Wegmans The bright-orange color was a bit off-putting, as was a pasty texture, and the taste was overly acidic.

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