Friday, July 30, 2010

Cucumber Dip Craze

Have you ever eaten something new that was So Delicious that you just couldn't get enough of it?  So, you went on some kind of temporary feeding frenzy where all you wanted to eat was this new culinary delight???

We have been that way with Creamy Cucumber Dip and Baked Pita Chips!

When we were at the Georgia Coast last week, after a BUSY morning of house hunting, we finally took a break about 2:30 pm.  By that time we were weak with hunger, overheated and mildly dehydrated!  We stopped at the first little cafe we saw and ordered plenty of Cold Sweet Tea to drink and Alan ordered us an appetizer -- Cucumber Dip served with Baked Pita Chips.  We had never tasted anything so cool and satisfying, and quickly devoured the whole thing!!

When we returned home, I couldn't get that delicious cucumber dip out of my mind, and decided to attempt to re-create that refreshing snack. After some internet searching combined with some in-home experimenting, here is my recipe for Creamy Cucumber Dip and Baked Pita Chips!

For the dip:

2 packages cream cheese, slightly softened
1 large cucumber
1/2 bunch of green onions
2 TBSP mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 Tablespoon dill

Peel and dice the cucumber. 

Wash the green onions and slice or dice.

Cream the cream cheese in a mixer.  Add the diced cucumber, onion and mayo and mix well.  Add the seasonings. 

Scrape the mixing bowl and mix until creamy and well blended.  Chill well in the refrigerator (or in the freezer for a bit if you are impatient!) and serve with baked pita chips and/or raw veggies.

For the chips:

Take stack of  whole wheat or multi-grain pita bread and cut through all layers into eighths.  Toss pieces with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.  Place onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.  Serve warm with cucumber dip.

This is just so yummy that I have already made it four times!  It makes a great afternoon snack when everyone comes in from swimming . . . . and is a great side dish for a simple dinner like sloppy joes.  Enjoy!!!

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Mrs.B said...

Oh that sounds so yummy, my children and I love eating dips for lunch, shall have to add that to our list of recipes.

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tlmalcolm said...

Try substituting the cream cheese with greek yogurt. Makes for a lower calorie treat!

busymomof10 said...

Thanks Terri for the tip! I think I will try using the yogurt in place of one of the packages of cream cheese. Yogurt is very healthy and good for the digestive track . . . . so that was a great suggestion!

Christine said...

Sounds yummy and healthier than regular dips. :)

Rebecca's Refining said...

That looks great...I may have to try it sometime!

Tara said...

I keep looking at the photo and it looks wonderful! Can't wait to try it:)

Christi said...

I was looking at that, and thought, oh, I'd love to, but not all that cream cheese....then i saw the yogurt comment!

could even do half yogurt and half cream cheese!

I gotta try this! Thanks!

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