Category: Spreads

  • Cranberry Butter

    1 stick softened butter 1 C fresh cranberries 1/2 C walnuts 2 T honey 2 T brown sugar Place in food processor and process until smooth. Serve with bread or crackers. See also: Cranberry Butter with Orange Zest, a non-dairy spread like apple or pear butter

  • Banana Jam

    3 C chopped bananas 1 C orange juice 1/4 C lime juice 3-1/2 C sugar Mix ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 20 minutes. Test the consistency by placing a spoonful of the jam on a small plate — when it’s…

  • Mango Preserves

    5 mangoes 1/2 C sugar 1 T lemon juice Peel and seed mangoes and mash them. Cook in a saucepan with the sugar until the mangoes have broken down and become jam. Stir in the lemon juice and serve. Or can them to preserve.

  • Avocado and Banana Guacamole

    I haven’t tried this one yet, but it seems like a good way to stretch a single avocado into a larger batch of slightly sweet guacamole. 1 ripe avocado 1 large ripe banana 1/2 medium lime 2 T mayonnaise 1/2 t salt 1/8 t pepper 1 small onion, diced 1 tomato, diced (optional) Mash the…

  • Muffulata (Olive Relish)

    I found this yellowed clipping in an old file with no idea where it came from. There are many spellings of the word, including “muffuletta,” “muffuleta,” and “muffaletta.” We fell in love with muffaletta sandwiches when we lived in New Orleans. They are made with this incredibly rich relish and a variety of meats and…

  • Beet hummus

    1/2 lb pound beets, cooked, peeled, and diced 2 T tahini 4-5 T lemon juice 1-3 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 T cumin 1 T lemon zest 1/4 t salt 1-1/2 t sesame oil (optional) 1-1/2 t dill weed (optional) Cayenne and fresh-ground black pepper to taste Process all ingredients in a blender or food…

  • Simplest pinto beans

    This is what I use instead of refried beans for tacos or burritos dinners. It makes enough for two people, as long as there are plenty of tortillas and cheese and other toppings. Soak 1 C of pinto beans and put into a pressure cooker. Add a large onion, cut into 8 chunks. Add water…

  • Bacon and roasted pepper spread

    The next time I make this, I’ll probably add a little milk, sour cream, or yogurt to thin it down. This recipe is definitely a spread, but it would also be tasty as a dip. 1/3 lb bacon 4 oz roasted sweet peppers 2 packages cream cheese (8 oz. ea.) 1/2 cup almonds, whole, sliced…

  • Fresh ricotta cheese

    2 quarts whole milk 1 C heavy cream 1/2 t salt 3 T fresh lemon juice Line a large sieve with cheesecloth and place over a large bowl. Bring the milk, cream, and salt to a rolling boil in a large heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring to prevent scorching. Add the lemon juice, then…

  • Toasted pecan and white bean dip

    I was out of ingredients to make hummus, but craving something similar. So I invented this and was amazed at the rich, complex flavor. 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 C pecan halves or pieces, toasted in a dry skillet until fragrant 2-4 T extra virgin olive oil 1 T blue cheese Put…