Raise your hand if you like pickles. me me me me me!!!!!!!!
Growing up, Momma didn’t like pickles. Not on burgers and especially not the spears served with sandwiches at a deli. (I know, she’s crazy – but it worked out for me.) Dadom and I are the pickle lovers of the Bell family. We’ll fight for them. Well not really – but I would try to grab it first before he got to ‘em.
Now, Big Guy and I are both pickle lovers. This is a good thing – as long as we keep our hands to our own pickles. Don’t even try to steal mine. There’s a deli in Greenville (The Met) and instead of chips, I get one of those huge monster dill pickles on the side. I can always see Big Guy eyeing that perfectly crisp pickle the size of my hand. Sometimes I cave and let him have some – other times, I don’t offer and eat it as fast as possible.
Last weekend we decided to stay home on Saturday and watch football. Actually, I didn’t watch much football – I tried different cocktail concoctions (experimentation, people!) and made snacking goodies. I saw this a few months ago and have been saving it for this exact occasion. I knew Big Guy would freak. And he did. He squealed like a little girl, especially when I told him dried beef was involved (okay, he didn’t squeal but he did get rather excited).Dill Pickle Dip: - one block cream cheese (I used the reduced-fat version), softened to room temp - 1 cup sour cream (I used non-fat greek yogurt) - 2 jars dried beef, chopped** - 1/2 cup dill pickle relish (the dill pickle part is KEY) - chopped onion, to taste (I went a little heavy on the onion because I lurve it.) - couple splashes of worcestershire sauce - dash or two of hot sauce (I went easy on the hot sauce because Big Guy’s a wimp) Combine all together. refrigerate for a few hours before serving. I served this delicious dip with braided whole wheat pretzel twists and assorted veggies.
**About that dried beef. It’s something I work with about 3 times a year. I’ve never really studied the jar. For some reason, I decided to do some studying Saturday and read on the jar “if using in a recipe, rinse and dry before use.” I shared this with Big Guy – and he told me ”don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” (meaning – you’ve never don’t it before why start now). Now I know why. If you don’t, the leftovers become suppppppper salty. Not that I didn’t eat it, but next time I’ll rinse and dry the beef before chopping. That is, if I plan on having leftovers.
And those wings. I’ve told y’all about the BBQ Sauce of the Month I started with Big Guy (he gets a new bottle the 1st of every month) – well we tried one out on Saturday.
I kid about those being his first two words. They were actually “ribeye” and “vodka.”
But seriously – this sauce (the most generic of them all so far) was awesome!!!! Just the right amount of sweetness and kick.
I’ll drink cocktails watch football any day if you serve me these snacks.