Not that long ago, in the United States chips and dip meant fried potato chips and dairy based dip, usually French onion. Today roasted garlic hummus dip is nearly as likely to be served at a party as a dip made from sour cream or other dairy products. Many people who host parties and other events are discovering that recipes with hummus such as spicy hummus dip or roasted garlic hummus dip are real crowd pleasers.
You may be wondering, what is hummus? In hummus spreads and dips the main ingredients are garbanzo beans and a paste made from sesame called tahini. As recently as five to seven years ago, hummus was considered a specialty item. It could be found in natural food or health food stores, but was not always available in traditional grocery stores. When it was, it was often in limited quantities and flavors.
Today there are many different flavors of hummus available in neighborhood grocery stores. For those who prefer to make their own, there are many easy hummus recipes available online, as well as in various cook books and magazines.