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Holy Land's hummus tahini: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 57

Hummus has been gaining rapid popularity across the country as a healthy and delicious spread, perfect for parties, snacking, and even dieting. Around these parts, however, it's been popular for decades, thanks in no small part to a northeast Minneapolis institution, the Holy Land Grocery & Deli.

Over the past 24 years, Holy Land has become a Central Avenue power player, expanding from a small storefront cafe into a local empire that includes its own hummus production facility, which opened in 2009 to support growing demand for the creamy spread. While Holy Land products can be widely found in many Twin Cities grocers' aisles, the company now hopes to ascend the national stage as its hummus takes to the shelves of Costco and Target across Minnesota and select Midwestern cities for a test-market run. If all goes well, Holy Land hummus could eventually be distributed across the country.

With all this growth, one might wonder if quality has suffered. We're happy to report that whether it's dished up at the deli or purchased in a package, the hummus tahini is still as good as ever. The light, ultra-creamy texture of the mashed chickpeas and nutty tahini (sesame seed paste) is so smooth and silky that it almost seems whipped. A tart zing of lemony citrus brightens each bite. The flavor is powerful, yet the hummus is light, making it perilously easy to keep scooping it up with pocket bread, pita chips, raw vegetables, or whatever else happens to be on hand. Thank goodness it's more convenient than ever to get more.

Holy Land's hummus tahini: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 57
Danielle Lenz

HOLY LAND GROCERY & DELI 2513 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis 612.781.2627

HOLY LAND--MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis 612.870.6104

Also available at select grocers, including Costco, Target, Rainbow, Cub, Whole Foods, Kowalski's, Lund's, Byerly's, and the Wedge Co-op

Holy Land website

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs" No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza No. 66: In Season's fried oysters No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes No. 74: Willy D's ribs No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt No. 77: Origami's steamed duck No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs No. 84: Christos's Saganaki No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes No. 87: Blackbird banh mi No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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