I love cooking with fresh herbs. I use plenty in my recipes as they are really versatile and add such flavour to dishes that you do not need to add much salt. I simply could not do without them and tend to have a wide selection available sitting right there on my windowsill. This is why it was a real treat to receive a selection of A Little Bit’s artisan dips, which are produced with fresh and totally natural ingredients.
The story of A Little Bit started when Sophie Lane Fox created her award winning Fresh Parsley and Red Onion Dressing & Marinade. Combining her long-lasting family expertise in gardening and her passion for cooking, A Little Bit has grown to include a full range of wholesome artisan sauces, dips, dressings and ketchups.
Based in Worcestershire, A Little Bit blends fresh and natural ingredients to create products that truly have a homemade feel. The range is gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians.
Already loving the bold colours and stylish glass jars, I was really curious to taste A Little Bit’s dips as they combine some of my favourite herbs: mint, oregano and thyme. Over the past few weeks, I have put them to the test, adding them to a variety of dishes. And of course, no review would be complete with my kids being involved.
Fresh Thyme & Butternut Squash Dip
This was the first dip we tried. Made from fresh thyme and butternut squash, it has a rich orange glow. Not too thick and not too thin it is ideal for crackers, baked potatoes, pitta bread or even as an accompaniment to chicken dishes. You can certainly taste the fragrant thyme which is absolutely lovely with butternut squash. We used it instead of pesto or tomato sauce on pasta. It was really a welcome change that everyone loved – kids included!
Fresh and delicious, this Fresh Thyme & Butternut Squash Dip is filled with beautiful flavours. An added bonus with my kids who love eating pasta, is that it has much less salt than store-bought pesto. Rating: ★★★★★
Fresh Oregano & Aubergine Dip
This combination of fresh oregano and aubergine is truly moreish and a good alternative to baba ganoush. This is more of a grown up dip though and the children were not as keen on it. However it was certainly my favourite and while you can have it on warm pasta, canapé or mezze, I served it on bruschettas made with French bread.
With its deep and fresh flavour, this oregano and aubergine dip is bold enough to stand on its own and even makes perfect party food. Rating: ★★★★★
Fresh Mint Feta and Beetroot Dip
Feta and beetroot are a match made in heaven. The added mint adds another dimension to this dip. This is also more of a grown-up, deep and earthy taste. As with the aubergine or butternut dips, it is quite versatile and you can have it with pasta, baked potatoes, bread etc..
I decided to add it to a mezze platter with a mixture of finger foods. It made the perfect substitute to hummus. I also made wraps with it the next day for lunch. Rating: ★★★★
While I cook a lot from scratch, I also have a small stash of store-bought sauces and pestos in my cupboards for busy days. It is hard to find healthy and tasty pestos and pasta sauces as most of them contain a lot of salt and lack flavours.
Filled with wonderful ingredients, A Little Bit’s fresh herb dips have in comparison a true artisan feel which we really enjoyed. They truly boost a genuine homemade feel which often lacks in store-bought food. I also liked the fact that they are so versatile, pairing with pasta, potatoes, wraps etc.. They also make great party and sharing food.
In addition to their fresh herb Dips, A Little Bit also make a range of Dressings & Marinades, Ketchup and Pasta Sauces which I cannot wait to try. You can find them at Ocado as well as delis around the UK.
If you fancy trying A Little Bit’s dips, I have a selection of 3 fresh herb dips up for grabs in the competition below. Good luck!
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