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Sep 30, 2008 05:01 PM

Kefir cheese in hummus?

I like hummus made with plain yogurt, but I have a tub of kefir cheese. Could I use this instead?

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  1. I've actually never made hummus with yogurt. Usually, I think, it just has olive oil, chickpeas and tahini.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Yes I thought so too - although I think sometimes there is a very finely chopped clove of garlic and a squeeze of lemon also.

      Many turkish restaurants (and some lebanese also) that I go too will serve hummus with either a sprinkle of paprika and a drizzle of I presume olive oil, or a drizzle of oil that is has a paprika hue. Oh and some shredded parsley on top is that uncommon either.

      Oh how I love hummus! I love to spread obscene quantities of it on turkish bread! It's also so good in salad sandwiches (I've never been a butter on my sandwich person).

      1. re: irisav

        wow really struggling with the typo's! The only one I'll bother correcting is: shredded parsley on top ISN'T that uncommon either.

    2. My mistake! I have a recipe called "Mediterranean Dip" that has EVOO, garlic, ground cumin, chick-peas,salt, fresh lemon juice and yogurt . No mention of tahini...I don't like it anyway.

      1. geekgirl, i sometimes use yogurt in my "hummus", as well. i also regularly include other mix-ins (so that's why i always call it "hummus" rather than hummus :). one of my favorite combos includes yogurt and cucumber -- probably sacreligious for some purists, but it suits my tastes.

        in any case, the answer is yes. go ahead and use your kefir cheese. it should be fine as a substitute. just adjust the other ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, etc...) so you get your preferred texture and taste, after.

        1. I made hummus and forgot the tahini once, I wondered why it was so glossy and strange looking until I figured it out - it was still good, not as heavy and very soft, I'm thinking if you like putting yogurt or kefir in then that should be ok, alter it to your taste, but put little bits at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

          1. Kefir cheese will be fine. I sometimes use a chunk of feta. That's perfect. Tangy, Mediterranean, lighter in texture, with a creamy mouthfeel. I don't add any olive oil.
            You don't taste the feta. Use less salt with feta, obviously. Try the kefir cheese --
            should be great.