Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Creamy Cucumber Dressing or Dip

As I mentioned on Monday, this is the original recipe I was on my way to making when the Better Than Kraft Ranch Dressing happened. 
I've been thinking about making a Creamy Cucumber dressing for a while now, but this dressing isn't inspired by the familiar Tzatziki sauce -- no siree. It's inspired by another Kraft dressing! Can you believe how horrible I am?! I have no shame, and I'm proud to admit that I grew up loving the Creamy Cucumber dressing that only Kraft made (now I think it's called creamy cucumber ranch). Hey, at least I was eating a lot of salads!
Even though this isn't technically a Greek inspired recipe, you can most certainly pair it with Mediterranean foods. In fact I recommend it! An extra squeeze of lemon juice and a garnish of fresh Dill would certainly be a wonderful addition.
At the moment I'm having a difficult time not shoveling this dressing into my mouth by the spoonful...
Important Note About This Recipe
There is a certain amount of prep and wait time involved, but it's really not that bad! If you think there's even the slightest chance that you're going to fall head over heels for this dressing I suggest doubling the batch.
Why do we dry the Cucumbers and Onion?  When the minced Cucumber and Onion are warmed/dried their flavor is intensified because you're removing some of their natural water content. This also helps extend the refrigerator shelf life of the dip to over a week. If you don't dry your Cucumber and Onion you won't have as much of a flavor packed dressing, and that's just sad. 
AtV Creamy Cucumber Dressing or Dip
Yields a little more than 1 cup
Step 1. 
Beforehand prep
Step 2.
Making and drying your veggie mix
1 c Cucumber - seeded and finely chopped
1/2 c Green Onion //or// Chive finely chopped
Dry your veggies for 1.5 hours, afterwards they should look like this:
Just a little shriveled but not completely dried. There should still be some moisture left in the Cucumber and Onion. 
Your veggies should not amount to roughly 1/2 cup packed.
Step 3.
Making your Creamy Cucumber Dressing!
Remember the AtV Ranch Dressing from Step 1?
Add all of your veggies to it...
Mix everything together nicely...
Now transfer this dip to the fridge and let it chill/sit for at least 30 minutes, so the flavors can build
This dip would also be amazing in a sprout salad, stuffed into tomatoes, or with apple wedges. Try it!
In case you're wondering, those are my most recent cracker creation (featured alongside the cucumber slices): 
Savory Onion Pumpkin-Flax Crackers...recipe coming soon!