Saturday, September 15, 2012

K.I.S.S. {Beau Monde Dip with Cottage Cheese and Vegetables}

K.I.S.S. {Beau Monde Dip with Cottage Cheese and Vegetables}

My family doesn't really go for cucumbers.

When we get them in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share my first thoughts are big:
I'll make gyros and use the cucumber to make tzatziki sauce!  
We'll have Indian food and I'll make raita!  We'll have sushi!

This past summer I got into pickling.  The one common burger topping in our house is pickles.  Thanks to Food In Jars, I've discovered how easy and tasty it is to put up a couple of jars of refrigerated kosher dills.  I've expanded that to include pickling several other vegetables.

But sometimes I need to remember the KISS principle.

Keep It Simple, Sillybilly.

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Recently I offered to bring food to a mid-morning gathering.  I wasn't sure what I'd bring until I picked up the farm share.  When I saw the cucumbers and radishes I knew what I'd make.  Sliced veggies and dip. 
Simple.  Always good to have a healthy alternative on the table.  After all, other folks aren't as lukewarm about cukes as my family.

I decided to try out the bottle of Beau Monde seasoning I picked up on sale (with a coupon!) at Kroger a while back.  I think Beau Monde dip was to the 70s what Buffalo Chicken dip is today--ubiquitous.  And I love 'em both.  In fact, I found this dip so tasty I used it as the bread spread on a cucumber, radish, and salad mix hoagie, and used up the last of it on a BLT.  

Beau Monde Dip (makes about 1 cup)

1/2 cup (120 ml) mayonnaise (I prefer Hellman's or Best Foods, depending on what time zone I'm in)
1/2 cup (120 ml) cottage cheese (original recipes called for sour cream, I didn't have any)
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon Beau Monde Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dill mix (I have Pampered Chef on hand but plain dill weed or any dill blend will do)
a couple of shakes of dried minced onion mix (I have Tastefully Simple Onion Onion on hand)

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl.  Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld.  Keeps a few days.

This post is linked up with What's In The Box and Food on Friday.

1 comment:

  1. Yummers! Reminds me of my spinach dip. A sure way to make certain everyone eats their veggies :)

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!