Retro "Dilly Dip"
Well it seems that my odd cravings have not gone away. I have been just NEEDING the oddest things. Even things I don't like! But the other day I started craving something that I haven't had in so long. What I needed to have this time was Dilly Dip. I am not sure if this is the real name of it, but it's the name I know it as. I think either my mom made up the name or maybe my brother and I did when we were little.
What it is, is simply a dip made with dill.
Now I am not the biggest fan of dill. I think we all think Salmon when we think of dill. It's like the classic fish herb. Dill, butter, and on a piece of fish. I have never been a fan of that, and I don't think that I will ever be.
I don't even know the last time I bought dill for any reason.
However this dip is so good, I can totally understand why some people love this herb.
So, I had this craving, and it was perfect timing because we were invited to a holiday pot luck brunch at our friends Aldo and Allison's place in Brooklyn. I figured everyone would be making a breakfast kinda thing so I thought the dip would be great because no one else would bring one. I also made Italian Sugar Cookies made for dipping in wine. You might remember those from one of last winters blog entries.
So I made the dip and brought it with us. I think it was a hit. And I was right about no one else bringing dip :)
Plus it was so nice to have that wonderful flavor I hadn't tasted in so many years!!!
Ever taste something that instantly brings you flying into the past?? It's so crazy!
I like to compare taste to shapes. I know it sounds weird, but that is how my brain deciphers taste. When something has a perfect balance of flavors, it is round. This dip my friends it a perfect 360 degree circle!
It couldn't be easier to make either. ANYONE can do it!
2 cups sour cream
2 cups mayo
About 2 table spoons fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
About 5 table spoons fresh chopped dill.
It really couldn't be more easy! Mix it all together, and come back to it in 24 hours! It's really best to let it sit over night, but if you are in a rush a few hours should be fine. But it really needs some time for the flavors to marry and the dill to develop.
When I was little my mother always served it in a bread bowl made in a round marble loaf. I couldn't find a round marble loaf, but I did find a really nice White Batard from Amy's Bread.
Along side serve the insides of the bread you take out cubed up. I also served it with some celery and baby carrots.
I hope you try it. It's such a nice retro item to bring with you to a pot luck, or even to have as an alternative to the regular cheese and crackers when you are entertaining. I would serve it with a nice dry white wine!!!
Please give this a shot, and let me know how it goes!
I promise you will like it. It may not seem like the most exciting thing in the world, but believe me, it will make you smile!