I love it when I come across something fabulous purely by accident.
I needed hummus, and I stress the word need. I was at my local Chuck’s Produce and I was about to reach for my little clamshell type container of my stand-by hummus, when I saw a bigger container on sale.
It was Lilly’s Hummus. Bigger is better, and the ingredients were short and simple, so I took a flyer and grabbed a container of their regular hummus. As I wandered through Chuck’s, I made sure I had a bag of unsalted pita chips (a weakness of mine when it comes to hummus) and a bunch of carrots with the tops still attached.
(Don’t get me started on those “baby” carrots. If you want a REAL carrot, get the ones with the greenery still attached. The flavor is amazing.)
Anyway, I digress. Lilly’s Hummus wasn’t what I expected at all. It was absolutely delicious. Thick, creamy, smooth and with an amazing flavor of…HUMMUS. I got the Plain, and I am used to brands who call their plain version plain, but it’s usually overpowering with garlic.
Oh, and its chunky. I am a texture girl, and texture will come before taste any time. Texture will make or break a product for me. It doesn’t matter how good it is, but if the texture is off, then no. Just no. Lilly’s is creamy smooth and perfectly seasoned and did I say it was creamy smooth?
Here are the ingredients for Lilly’s Hummus, Plain:
|Ingredients: Organic Garbanzo Beans, Olive Oil, Sesame Tahini, Lemon Juice, Sea-Salt, Garlic, Citric Acid.|
A very simple 7 ingredients. Unfortunately I have seen brands with 10, even 15 ingredients.
Lilly’s comes in several flavors for those who need something more exciting than “plain”: there’s Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Jalapeno (spicy) and my new, all time favorite flavor, Smoked Tomato and Basil. There is also a Cracked Pepper version, the creators are still tweaking the recipe to make it amazing.
Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus is WOW. I don’t know how else to describe it, so I am going to go with my initial reaction when I tried it. Just WOW. Like the Plain, it’s well blended and creamy smooth with a delicious smoky flavor that is out of this world and totally unexpected. It is safe to say the Smoked Tomato flavor has shock value to it, because the amazing flavor is simply not expected. The smoked tomatoes doesn’t over power the flavor of those delicate Garbanzo Beans, yet the gently sweet-tanginess really shines. I was stunned, that’s how good this was.
The Smoked Tomato is good plain (seriously, insert a clean finger and go to town if you aren’t sharing your container) or I found it to be fabulous with celery and other goodies, so much so I created a recipe:
Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus Dish of Fabulousness:
Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus
Grated Carrots (use the ones with the green tops still attached);
Celery Sticks, Pita Chips, or Garden Of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Add slices of avocado to top of hummus, sprinkle with the carrot, and dip away with the celery sticks, pita chips, or my favorite, those Garden of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.