Goat Milk Yogurt Dips
Yogurt dips have grown increasingly popular as people become more conscious of making healthy food choices. Yogurt is high in calcium and protein and includes bacteria that are beneficial to digestion.
Dips made from a yogurt base are lighter and smoother than traditional dips, and the use of low-fat or fat-free yogurt can be a tasty addition to a calorie-conscious diet.
Try these dip recipes using your homemade goat milk yogurt, or a container purchased from the grocery. Either will make delicious dips!
Cucumber Yogurt Dip
Cucumber yogurt dip is one my first thoughts when the month of June rolls around, and the cucumber vines are producing so many of the cool green vegetables that it makes even the most avid salad eater weary!
This dip is cold and refreshing, combining two of my favorite summer ingredients. It's great with raw vegetables, such as carrot, squash and celery sticks (even cucumber sticks!), and cherry or grape tomatoes, and raw broccoli and cauliflower. It's also good with whole-grain crackers and pita bread, either toasted or plain.
One of my favorite uses is as a sandwich spread for a veggie pita pocket. Spread the dip on the insides of the pita, and fill with any combination of fresh vegetables. I like using cucumber slices, shredded carrots, mushrooms, black olives and bean sprouts. Sprinkle with salt, pepper or herb seasoning to taste.
This dip is easily tailored to your tastes, so feel free to deviate from the recipe and experiment as you like. You may want to try other seasonings, or add pimiento peppers or olives, for example. For a reduced fat/calorie version, use low-fat or fat-free yogurt and cream cheese. You can also seed the cucumbers first, if you'd like.
To make the basic recipe, combine the following in a food processor and blend until smooth:
- 1 cup yogurt
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 to 1 cup diced cucumber
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 Tbs. fresh, chopped dill
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- (optional) pinch of cayenne pepper
Serve cold. This dip should help you to stay cool as a cucumber, so enjoy!
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