Friday, October 22, 2010

Potato Chips and Hummus

Potato Chips and Hummus - Photo by Taste As You Go

While I was an undergraduate at Lehigh, one of my favorite restaurants in Bethlehem was the Inn of the Falcon. Those who remember it (the Inn has since closed) will remember the cozy atmosphere, the luscious meals, and the engaging conversations with owners Al and Shirlee Neumeyer. Aside from the spinach salad and the crème brûlée, the dish I remember most was an amazingly simple appetizer of homemade potato chips served alongside a bowl of hummus.



Why didn't I think of dipping potato chips in hummus first? Because, at that time, I was too busy worrying about passing Math 205 (stupid Linear Methods course... that I was forced to take twice...) than about unleashing the foodie within.

Utz Natural Gourmet Medley Kettle Cooked Potato Chips - Photo by Taste As You Go

When I saw these Utz potato chips in the grocery store, I immediately put a bag in my shopping basket and made a beeline for the refrigerated section. I bet you can guess what I put in the basket next... That's right! A container of hummus. Roasted garlic hummus, to be exact. Since the chips themselves weren't flavored, I opted for hummus that had a little extra something to it.

So, for a really easy snack that takes "chips and dips" to a different level, follow these steps:
  1. Get plate.
  2. Put spoonful of hummus onto plate.
  3. Place handful of potato chips onto plate, next to hummus.
  4. Dip chips into hummus.
  5. Enjoy!
Or... you can be like me 99% of the time (ie. when I'm not taking pictures for a blog post) and follow these steps:
  1. Open bag.
  2. Open container of hummus.
  3. Take chip directly from bag.
  4. Scoop up hummus with chip.
  5. Enjoy!
If you haven't tried the potato chips and hummus yet, what are you waiting for? I bet you have the chips in your pantry and the hummus in your refrigerator right now! Try it out and let me know what you thought!