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  RECIPE TITLE "Smoked Salmon Yogurt Cheese Dip with Winter Crudités"
excerpted from American Medical Association Family Health Cookbook Copyright © 1997 by The American Medical Association. All Rights reserved

yields Makes 1 cup (about 6 servings)time --- difficultyeasy

Yogurt that has been strained overnight produces a thick, rich, tangy, yogurt "cheese," which makes a delicious base for a variety of spreads and dips that have less fat and calories (but more calcium) than those made with sour cream or mayonnaise. Here, the yogurt cheese is enhanced with just a bit of potently flavored chopped smoked salmon, enlivened with just a bit of fresh dill, and served with a selection of green and white winter vegetables.

  RECIPE INGREDIENTS

Smoked Salmon Yogurt Cheese Dip:
2 cups low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt
2 ounces smoked salmon
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Dill sprigs for garnish

Winter Crudités:
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups small brussels sprouts
1 head fennel, cut in strips
2 small white turnips, peeled and cut into thin slices

  RECIPE METHOD

1. Line a large strainer with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth. Spoon in yogurt, place the strainer over a bowl, and refrigerate, loosely covered, for about 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, strain the yogurt through a coffee filter set over a bowl or through a yogurt strainer available in specialty shops .) Discard the liquid (the whey) left in the bowl. You should have about 1 cup of yogurt cheese.

2. Using a food processor, finely chop the smoked salmon. Add the yogurt cheese, lemon juice, lemon peel, and mustard and process until well mixed. Stir in the dill and pepper. Or use a large knife to finely chop the smoked salmon and combine with the remaining dip ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. (This recipe can be prepared to this point 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

3. Blanch the broccoli in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer immediately to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking and set the color. Drain well on paper towels. Cook the brussels sprouts in the same pot of water until just tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water. Drain well on paper towels. Use immediately or wrap in dry paper towels and store in plastic bags in the refrigerator (up to 6 hours).

4. Spoon the dip into a decorative bowl and garnish with the dill sprigs. Serve surrounded by the vegetables.

  NUTRITION FACTS

Facts per Serving
About 114 cals, 19 cals from fat, 2g total fat, 1g sat fat, 7mg chol, 191mg sodium, 18g total carbs, 4g fiber, 10g prot

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