Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca (Spiked with Gin)

July 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup Serrano simple syrup*
2 cup waters
3 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1/2  cup lime juice
2 tablespoons mint
Zest of 2 limes
Pinch of salt
Ice
1 ½ -2 cups Farmers Organic Gin
Cucumber Slice Garnish
Minted Lime Salt Garnish ( optional)*

Directions

Place the simple syrup, cucumbers, zest, mint, water and pinch of salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain and chill.  Pour into a pitcher filled with ice and add gin. Stir.  Pour into glasses ( with or without Minted Lime Salt rims and garnish with a cucumber slice.

*Serrano Simple Syrup- combine 3/4  cup sugar with 1 cup of  hot water  in a blender, add the zest of 1 lime and 2 chopped Serrano peppers. Blend the mixture and chill.

*Minted Lime Salt– combine 1 tablespoon of maldon salt with 1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped mint and 1 teaspoon of lime zest, moisten with a little lemon bitters or lime juice and mix well.

Oven Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 chicken pieces, thighs, breasts, wings, drumsticks etc
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub a little bit of the tandoori spice mixture all over each piece and let them sit at least 5-8 minutes, refrigerated. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over the chicken pieces coating evenly. Let stand for about 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place in a glass baking dish in the oven with the marinade and bake for about 30 minutes. Garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced chicken.

Chilled Cucumber Raita with Mustard Seeds

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of canola oil
¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
3 cups of plain yogurt (whole or reduce fat)
¼ cup of mint chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
Green chilies, optional

Directions

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop in oil for approximately a minute. This makes the oil very aromatic. Remove pan from heat and cool. Peel and seed cucumbers cut into small dice. Stir cooled mustard seeds into yogurt and whisk yogurt. Stir mint, cumin, salt and green chilies. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the mixture is chilled.

Vietnamese Summer Garden Noodle Salad

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 package buckwheat soba noodles, cooked, and rinsed cool (or Rice noodles)
1 cups napa cabbage, shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 cups baby bok choy leaves
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, ribboned with a peeler
½ cucumber, peeled and chopped
½ cup daikon radish, matchsticked
7-8 shitake mushrooms, sliced
½ cup mung bean spouts
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, julienned
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
¼ fresh cilantro leaves
Chopped peanuts for garnish

Dressing……

Juice of 2 limes
¼ cup sesame oil
¼ cup tamari
3 tablespoons yuzo rice vinegar (regular rice vinegar works as well)
1 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl toss together all salad ingredients until well mixed, set aside. In the meantime whisk together the dressing ingredients until well mixed, toss together with salad ingredients and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one gallon of non alcoholic mixer

Ingredients

Zest of 5 limes
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 10 limes
Juice of 10 lemons
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup cucumber puree (cucumbers pureed)
1 cup strawberry puree (strawberries pureed)
4 cups water
4 cups seltzer water
Ice
Cucumber slices, strawberry sliced, lemon slices and mint leaves
Cucumber infused gin for the alcoholic drinks (cucumber slices infused in gin for 2 days)

Directions

In a big jug mix all ingredients and stir well. Pour in ice. For alcoholic drink place 2 ounces of cucumber gin in a glass and fill with mutton holler swamp cooler juice!

White Gazpacho

August 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4 euro or hot house cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 pounds white (green) grapes, halved
1 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup Greek yogurt
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

In a food processor, combine the cucumbers, grapes, ½ cup white balsamic vinegar, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, almonds and yogurt and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and also add more oil and vinegar to desired taste.

*Recipe property of Polo Dobkins

Mediterranean Lentil & Bulgur Salad

July 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup lentils, cooked
1 cup cracked bulgur wheat, cooked
1 medium cucumber, peeled, deseeded and chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl toss together the lentils, bulgur, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and herbs until well mixed. Pout the olive oil and lemon juice over the top and mix gently. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold in the feta. Allow to stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

Cucumber & Gazpacho Granita Ice Bites

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-25 bites

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced semi thin
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped tomato
¼ cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, freeze the cucumber slices. In a blender combine the gazpacho ingredients: chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and salt. Blend until semi smooth. Place blended gazpacho on a metal baking sheet and freeze, scraping with a fork every 10-15 minutes until a icy granite is formed. Place a spoonful of the granite in-between two frozen cucumber slices and freeze again. Allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving.

Cucumber Infused Gin

May 16th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced
4 cups gin

Directions

Place all ingredients in a quart container and let infuse about 2 to 3 days.

Spring Daisy

May 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce strawberry rhubarb syrup
1 ounce herbal syrup (parsley mint)
1 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Lemon slices

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously. Pour into a low-ball glass and place a lemon slice like a lid over the drink.

Detox Shots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one shot

Beet Basil Shot

½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice

Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme

¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves

Lemon Ginger Mint

¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint

Cucumber Parsley Mint

½ cucumber, ½ cup fresh parsley, ½ cup fresh mint

Tomato Oregano Parsley

½ tomato, ¼ cup fresh oregano, 1 cup fresh parsley

Lamb Chops with Preserved Lemon-Mint Chili Chimichurri or Cucumber Pomegranate Salsa

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

12 baby lamb chops, French cut and ½ inch thick
Salt
Pepper
Mint oil (½ cup extra virgin olive oil infused with ½ cup fresh mint leaves)
Chimichurri or Salsa (recipes follow)

Directions

Preheat broiler to High. Arrange the baby lamp chops on a sheet pan or in a baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub with mint oil on both sides. Place in the broiler and broil for about 3 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.

Preserved Lemon-Mint Chili Chimichurri

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 to 2 cloves garlic
¼- ½ cup preserved lemons
1 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 long red chili, deseeded and chopped
â…“ cup champagne vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until smooth.

Cucumber Pomegranate Salsa

Makes approximately 2 cups

Ingredients

1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped fine
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl mix together cucumber, pomegranate seeds, red onion, mint and lemon zest, until well combined. Drizzle lemon juice, oil and vinegar over the top and mix again until dressing is incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Gazpacho Spaniard with Lemon Cucumber Garnish

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

For the cucumber-tomato infused vodka

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 tomato cut in half
1 quart vodka

For the lemon cucumbers

1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ cup vodka
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cucumber, sliced (skin on)

For the cocktail

Ice
2 ounces cucumber-tomato infused vodka
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled lemon cucumber juice

Directions

For the cucumber-tomato infused vodka

Combine the ingredients in a quart container and let infuse for 3-4 days.

For the lemon cucumbers

In a bowl combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, vodka, salt and sugar and mix well. Add the cucumbers and let soak for 1-2 days.

For the cocktail

In a shaker filled with ice add, the cucumber-tomato infused vodka, dry vermouth and lemon-cucumber pickle juice, shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon cucumber slice.

Lentil and Bulgur Salad (Green Lentils)

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 clove garlic, grated on microplane
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups French green lentils, cooked and cooled
1 cup bulgur wheat, cooked and cooled
1 small red onion, chopped fine
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
½ English cucumber, seeded and chopped fine
1 (15 ounce) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
½ cup golden raisins
¾ cup walnut pieces, toasted
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, lemon zest, and garlic. Stream in olive oil and continue to whisk until emulsified. Set dressing aside. In a large bowl, add lentils, bulgur wheat, red onion, celery, cucumber, chick peas, golden raisins, walnuts and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Pour dressing evenly over the salad, and mix to combine. Serve at room temperature.

Grape Leaves

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 24

INGREDIENTS

2 (1 lb) jars grape leaves or pack of 12
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 cups cooked basmati rice
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
sautéed with onions and garlic
cooled Salt and pepper, to taste
5 scallions, roughly chopped
Yogurt Sauce, recipe below

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450ËšF. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch grape leaves for 1-2 minutes to remove vinegar solution. Remove and once cooled, trim stems. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice, carrots, scallions and feta and season with salt and pepper. Place single grape leaf on cutting board and add a small amount of the rice mixture in the middle, fold in on both sides and roll away from you to form a small cylinder. Repeat until finished. Place grape leaves on sheet trays with a small amount of water (to prevent sticking) for 2-3 minutes, or until warm. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce.

Yogurt Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain low fat yogurt
¼ cup celery, grated
1 teaspoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups chopped English cucumber, seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Grape Leaves

Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

October 11th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup almond oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Melon balls, garnish
Fresh herbs, garnish

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing untl semi smooth. Put liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with melon balls and herbs.

Alternatively grind up with a mortar and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Cantaloupe Mint Cucumber Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves  6

4 cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and cut into small dice
2 bunches green onions, sliced fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup  champagne vinegar
¼  cup almond oil
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Melon balls, garnish
Fresh herbs, garnish

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing untl semi smooth.  Pout liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with melon balls and herbs.

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency.  Chill before serving.

Green Herb Gazpacho

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 large cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
¼ cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 /2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
Cherry tomatoes, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with cherry tomatoes.

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency.  Chill before serving.

Yellow Gazpacho Cocktails with Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp & Avocadoes

August 4th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

15 medium yellow tomatoes, cut into little pieces, making sure to retain liquid as well
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, deseeded and chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons cilantro chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
15 pieces of shrimp, tail on and cleaned
¼ cup cilantro pesto  (see our recipe section)
Avocado, garnish

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients (except shrimp, cilantro pesto and avocado) in a large mixing bowl.  Take 1 cup of mixture and blend in the food processor or blender pulsing until semi smooth.  Pour liquid back into mixing bowl and stir well.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. 

Alternatively grind up with a mortal and pestle until desired consistency. Chill before serving.

Grill shrimp brushing with pesto.  Serve in martini glasses with 2 grilled shrimp and avocado.

Zucchini Cakes

August 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 40 small cakes

INGREDIENTS

4 zucchini, grated
¾ cup bread crumbs
½ small onion, grated
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
½ bunch scallions, roughly chopped
1 cup canola oil
1½ tablespoons fresh dill, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Yogurt Sauce, recipe below

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and make into small patties. In a large sauté pan, heat canola oil and add zucchini cakes (be careful not to crowd pan) and cook till golden brown on one side, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the cakes over and cook on the other side until done, about 2-3 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain of excess grease. Serve immediately with yogurt sauce.

For Yogurt Sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups plain low fat yogurt
¼ cup celery, grated
1 teaspoon mashed garlic
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups chopped English cucumber, seeds removed
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Rafael Hasid, Miriam Restaurant

Zucchini Cakes

Cucumber Feta Dill Dressing

November 9th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes approx 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

1 medium sized cucumber, peeled but not deseeded and chopped fine
1 c Greek yogurt
¼ cup feta drained and crumbled
1 clove garlic chopped fine
¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper

Directions

Blend all ingredients together with a blender or hand held processor, blend well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over a spring pea and radish salad

Pickled Chili Ginger Mint Cucumbers & Red Spring Onions

November 5th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find
¼ c. sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 large euro cucumber washed & sliced thin (peels on)
2 cayenne peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed
(Serrano chili’s can be substituted)
1 medium red onion sliced thin
¼ cup fresh ginger , peeled and sliced thin

Directions

Whisk water, vinegar, sugar & salt together until sugar and salt are totally dissolved. Add cucumbers, red onions, ginger, and chili’s and mix well. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until desired pickled taste.

Cucumber Mint Chili Salsa

November 3rd, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Ingredients

4 cucumbers chopped
¼ cup red onion chopped
1 T chopped ginger
juice and zest of 1 lime
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 T sugar
½ cup chopped mint
fresh chopped red cayenne chili

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve cold over an Asian grilled flank steak or chicken. Also excellent on brown rice and grilled mushrooms.

Santorini Tzaziki

October 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 medium sized cucumbers, peeled but not deseeded and chopped fine
2 c Greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ c fresh chopped dill
juice of 2 lemons
salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well mixed and smash cucumbers to make them blend in a bit better. Set in refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Before serving, remove from refrigerator but allow them to remain just a bit cooler than room temperature for best flavor.

Muddled Minted Cucumber Gin

October 22nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 Drinks

INGREDIENTS

¼ c of chopped fresh mint
¼ cup of chopped cucumber
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
8 oz gin

PREPARATION

These drinks are cool and refreshing and are great paired with sushi type appetizers for any happy hour occasion. Muddle ¼ c of chopped fresh mint with ¼ cup of chopped cucumber, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp salt. Mash very well and add 8 oz gin and shake with ice. Strain served over shaved ice in lowball glasses. Garnish with a cucumber slice or sprig of mint.

Minted Cucumbers with Chili

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

3 large euro cucumbers sliced thin
2 cups chopped mint
2 cayenne peppers sliced thinly, seeds removed
(Serrano chilis can be substituted)
¼ c. sugar
2 cups water
1 T salt
1 c rice wine vinegar, flavored with ginger if you can find.

PREPARATION

Mix all liquid ingredients in a large mixing bowl,  mix until all salt and sugar is dissolved, add mint and chilis, mix well and add cucumbers, refrigerates for at least one hour and strain before serving.

Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

October 13th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 Large cucumber chpped
¼ c chopped red onion
1 c plain greek yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup chopped dill
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a small food processor until smooth.

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