Cucumber and Dill-infused Cottage Cheese Appetizer

It’s time to gear up for summertime outdoor entertaining! I love this time of year!

Today, I am sharing a very simple and healthy appetizer recipe that you can bring to your next party or enjoy as a hearty snack. Cucumber and Dill-infused Cottage Cheese Appetizer.  Don’t worry FODMAPers: you can sub in lactose free cottage cheese for this recipe! Easy Peasy.IMG_4581Simply mix lactose free cottage cheese (I used Lactaid brand) with fresh or dry dill, add a smattering of garlic infused oil and blend. Wash cucumber and cut into 1 1/2 inch slices. Hollow out some of the seeds with a melon scooper and add a dollop of your seasoned cottage cheese mixture. Garnish with course black pepper and a few green scallion slices. You are done. 🙂IMG_4381

Cucumber and Dill-infused Cottage Cheese Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 3/4 cup lactose free cottage cheese (I used Lactaid brand)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic infused oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped or about 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 scallion, sliced, for garnish (green part only)
  • Course ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash cucumber, trim ends and cut into 1 1/2 inch slices.
  2. Scoop out small amount of the seeds and flesh with a melon scooper (in the center of the cucumber slice) be sure not to scoop through the other side!
  3. In small bowl, season cottage cheese with garlic infused oil and dill.
  4. Place tablespoon of cheese mixture over each prepared cucumber slice.
  5. Garnish with scallion slices and ground pepper.
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I just returned from DDW15–Digestive Disease Week, an annual US GI conference, that was in  Washington DC this year.  My mind is still digesting all that I learned. There was so much interesting research shared, new product developments and more! It was such an amazing experience! I will post a re-cap on some of the top stories that I think you will be interested in early next week. Stay tuned!

For my US friends, I hope you get to enjoy a nice long weekend of relaxing this Memorial Day weekend. And of course, I want to take time to remember the veterans that gave their life to provide the freedom we enjoy daily.