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I'm a HUGE houmous fan and must eat about two full pots a week. Because of said addiction I believe myself to be an authority on this marvelous dip. I find it amazing that they vary so much from store to store. Asda is at the lower end of the price scale from 79p to £1. You can pay up to £3 a pot in a deli or waitrose. This said, it is at the top of the flavor scale. It has a thick consistency and is fairly coarsely blended for a houmous but with a very even distribution of olive pieces that are about the size of cracked black pepper. More expensive brands tend to have the consistency of toothpaste. This houmous works well in sandwiches as it chunkier it is not absorbed as easily. The flavour is strong but no ingredient over powers another. With the flavourings all being a force in their own right (garlic, olives and lemon juice), it is not an easy balance to reach but Asda does this with its olive houmous. I am officially a fan. Do be mindful of the calorific content if you are mindful of those things but it also has many benefits. I personally like to spread this on a baked potato (generously).
Houmous is one of those things you either love or you hate. Personally I cant understand how anyone can not love houmous! But houmous has also moved with the times, and these days it comes in various different flavours, and Asda olive houmous is just one of the many varieties available. It retails in Asda for onlly 98p for a 200g tub, which I think is quite good value. It is of course a little bit more expensive than the regular houmous, due to the added olive flavour. The ingredients are: Cooked Chick Peas (42%) (chick Peas, Water), Vegetable Oil, Water, Sesame Seed Paste (11%), Black Olives (10%) (olives, Water, Salt, Ferrous Gluconate), Garlic Granules (1%), Citric Acid, Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate. This houmous has no colours, preservatives or flavourings. This style of houmous is more representative of the way it isserved in Greece, with little pieces of black olive mixed in, and just a slight hint of lemon juice. The only negative comment I have, is that it was a bit more oily than the regular houmous, but I guess that is because of the added olives, and it was not so oily that it was of-putting. Definitely a tasty, and versatile little dipper, and is just great with pitta!
Greek style chick pea spread with black olives.