Sometimes it is the easiest dishes that are the best. This is often the case when it comes to appetizers. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat and make fancy bite-sized treats as much as the next person. There is something special about a treat that you know took a lot of work and tastes great to boot. But other times, simple is the way to go. I think this is especially true as we move into warmer weather and want to put lighter, fresher, and yes, less time-consuming food on our tables. And perhaps the easiest solution of all is good old-fashioned dip with vegetables.
But we’re not talking your grandmother’s rich dip laden with heavy sour cream and dried French onion soup mix. Thanks to a combination of Greek yogurt and low-fat sour cream my dip, adapted from a Fine Cooking recipe, is lighter and filled with plenty of fresh herbs. I used parsley, dill, and thyme but feel free to put together any combination that appeals to you. The dip should sit for at least half an hour before serving but that will give you plenty of time to cut up the fresh veggies that you need for dipping. Your results will be tasty with no stove required.
BUTTERMILK HERB DIP w/FRESH VEGETABLE CRUDITE
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup low-fat sour cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Crudite vegetables of your choice for dipping
- Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir until well mixed.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour before serving.
Yields: 3 cups