DEAR FRIENDS!

Entertaining this weekend? Wow them with these summer spreads. Both double as a spread for sandwiches and as a cocktail spread or dip.

Serve the Cucumber Spread on crostini or white bread rounds with fresh tomato garnished with dill or use as a spread for tomato or turkey sandwiches. Once you make the Three Cheese Pimento Cheese, you may never buy store bought again. Think BLT’s or burgers, grilled pimento cheese, grilled bacon and pimento cheese, pimento cheese melted on crostini. The possibilities are endless … just like I wish summer could be!

Happy Summer from our family to yours!


Cucumber Spread

SERVES 10–12     Inspired by Southern Living

INGREDIENTS

8-oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups unpeeled, chopped Persian cucumbers*
¼ cup finely chopped red onion
3 ½ tsp chopped fresh dill
3 tsp dried mint
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper 

*See TIPS & QUIPS below for more on Persian Cucumbers.

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients.

To serve, spread on crostini or white bread rounds with tomatoes and garnished with fresh dill or use as spread with tomato or turkey sandwiches.

DEEDEE’S NOTES

  • I recommend Persian cucumbers, which are small, thin, and usually sold packaged, vs. loose, in your produce section. They’re also firm, crisp, and taste amazing. The skin is edible, not like the thick, waxy skin on your standard variety.

Three Cheese Pimento Cheese

SERVES 10–12     Inspired by Southern Living

INGREDIENTS

8-oz sharp white cheddar cheese, grated*
4-oz Gouda cheese, grated*
4-oz goat cheese, crumbled
½–1 cup mayonnaise
1 4-oz jar diced pimento, drained
½–1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tsp McCormick Seasoned Salt
½ tsp pepper 

Best to grate your own cheese rather than use pre-packaged, which comes with additives to keep it from clumping.

*See TIPS & QUIPS.

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients. Season with hot sauce to taste.

Delish on BLT’s or burgers, grilled pimento cheese, grilled bacon and pimento cheese, pimento cheese melted on crostini.

DEEDEE’S NOTES

  • Avoid using pre-packaged grated cheese as it comes with additives to keep it from clumping. To make grating easier and safer, use a box grater with cut resistant gloves. See Sources & Resources. You can also use a food processor which will make the cheese grating even more … effortless!

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TIPS & QUIPS

Persian Cucumber

Persian Cucumbers are small, thin, and usually sold packaged, vs. loose, in your produce section. They’re also firm, crisp, and taste amazing. The skin is edible, not like the thick, waxy skin on your standard variety.

Cut Resistant Gloves

For Pimento Cheese, rather than buying pre-packaged grated, which comes with additives to keep it from clumping, grate your own. Two ideas to make this easier. If using a box grater, be sure to use steel mesh gloves. If you’re making a double batch, use a food processor with the grater disc and this step will take no time at all. You don’t even need to wash between the two types of cheeses because they will be mixed together anyway!

Dowellife’s Cut Resistant Gloves



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