Dip Essentials: Springtime Cucumber Dip

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Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousChef

I played about with this recipe until I achieved the goal of a light Springtime dip for crackers, veggies, or any number of yummy items… You could even use it as a sauce over fish.

It has a bright, piquant flavor that goes so well with Springtime. One of my guests said that they could eat it with a spoon.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
Bunches
Prep:
20 Min
Method:
No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 1 large
    english cucumber
  • 2 oz
    crème fraiche
  • 2 oz
    mayonnaise
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 clove
    baked (not raw) garlic, or more, if you like garlic
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 pinch
    paprika, or to taste
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh dill, chopped

How to Make Dip Essentials: Springtime Cucumber Dip

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Peel and seed the cucumber, and then grate on the large holes of a grater.
  4. Place the grated cucumber between paper towels, and press out as much moisture as possible.
  5. Chef’s Note: Alternately, you could place the grated cucumber into a kitchen towel, and squeeze the excess moisture out (that is my preferred method).
  6. Chef’s Tip: If you don’t remove the excess moisture from the cucumber, the dip will be too runny.
  7. Add the cucumber, crème fraiche, mayonnaise, cream cheese, baked garlic, and lemon juice to a food processor fitted with an S-blade.
  8. Chef’s Note: When I used all crème fraiche, the fat content when combined with the cream cheese was a bit much; however, when I just used mayo, the taste was not what I wanted… So, I split the difference… 50% mayo, 50% crème fraiche.
    It’s fun playing about with recipes.
  9. Give the mixture a few 1-second pulses until the mixture is completely blended and smooth.
  10. Add the cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper, and then blend and taste.
  11. Season and blend a few more times, until you achieve the correct proportion of spices.
  12. Chef’s Note: You’re the chef… spice it the way you want it.
  13. Chef's Tip: All the spices you add to this dip will intensify over time. So, keep that in mind when seasoning.
  14. Remove from the blender, place into a bowl, and then fold in the chopped dill.
  15. Cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving.
  16. PLATE/PRESENT
  17. This dip is very versatile… It can be served with various types of crackers or veggies; even drizzled over a nice piece of sautéed fish. Enjoy.
  18. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Dip Essentials: Springtime Cucumber Dip

Course/Dish: Dips
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American



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