I needed something to take to a Super Bowl party, and I immediately thought of veggies and dip. I could eat veggies all day, and it's always nice to have something a little big lighter to balance out all of the other food.
Vegetable Dip (adapted from "How to Cook Everything," by Mark Bittman)
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed
2 green onions
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (sour cream would also work)
1 1/2 tsp dried dill
juice of 1/2 lemon
freshly ground black pepper
Finely chop the vegetables, and then add remaining ingredients. You might want to let the yogurt drain in a fine strainer for a few hours to make a thicker dip (my yogurt had separated, so I poured out most of the whey and the remaining yogurt was thick enough). Makes about 3 cups.
This was simple, but tasty, and it seemed to go over well with my friends. It's basically a permutation of tzatziki, which is one of my favorite sauces/dips. The best part? I used some of the leftovers for a salad dressing today. I love multi-purpose creations!