Tasty Thriftiness - Dill


This week over at I Refuse to Recede the herb of the week is dill.

This is probably one of my top 3 favorite herbs. I LOVE dill. I love it in a million recipes. One of my most favorite way to use dill is in dips.

Here are a couple of dips/spreads that use dill in them:

Not your average guacamole, this dip includes shallots, bell peppers, green onions, and fresh herbs. Serve with tortilla chips.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients:
2 to 3 shallots, coarsely chopped
1 small sweet red or white onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 small green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped green onion tops
2 large ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1/2 cup plain yoghurt or sour cream (see Note)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon crumbled dried dill or tarragon, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
Coriander sprigs
Tortilla Chips
Preparation:
Creme Fraiche Place shallots, onion, bell pepper, and green onion tops in a food processor or heavy-duty blender and process until finely minced. Add avocados and lemon juice and process until no lumps remain. Add yoghurt, mayonnaise, dill, salt, and white pepperprocessing until completely combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if need be.

Pour into serving dish. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the dip, making sure it touches the dip all the way around, and chill for several hours. Garnish with coriander (cilantro) just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetable crudites. Use within 24 hours. With longer storage, the dip may begin to turn dark and separate.

Note: You may substitute for the yoghurt or sour cream, if you wish.

Yield: About 3 cups
Recipe from About.com

And one of the best and easiest dip recipes is this dill dip recipe I use all the time.

1 pint of sour cream'
1 packet of dried ranch dressing mix
handful of fresh dill chopped.

Just mix all together and let flavors blend in the fridge for at least an hour. DELISH!!

Get the low down on dill HERE!



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