Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Homemade Dill Dip

7 or 8 sprigs of fresh dill (I bought a 2/3 oz package of dill from Wal-Mart and used about half)

1 Cup Mayonnaise

1 Cup Sour Cream

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Acouple shakes of dried onion

1 Tablespoon Parsley

Seasoned salt

Chop dill and mix all ingredients together-refrigerate and enjoy!

Personal Notes-This is really a recipe that you have to go on personal taste. I used a tad bit more sour cream than mayonnaise. I used the following recipe as a template of sorts.

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon dill weed
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon beau monde (seasoning salt), optional
2 round bread loaves (preferably a dill/onion bread)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut out the center of 1 bread round and mound dill dip into the interior cavity of the bread bowl. Cut up other bread round into 2-inch squares and dip bread into bowl.

Brownie Chunk Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache

Cheesecake Recipe

2 pkgs (8oz each) cream cheese
3/4 C. Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine cream cheese and sugar alternating until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, blend till smooth and set aside.

I used box of Ghirdelli brownies. Refrigerate about 5 or so of the brownies so they don't crumble when you chop them up. Cut them up into pieces and toss into the Cheesecake mixture. Pour into premade crust and bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes. Take out and let cool.

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Chocolate Ganache

Photo By: hannah234432
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 16
"This is a rich, dark chocolate topping or decoration that has lots of uses. It can be whipped as filling or icing, or just poured over whatever cake you like."
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
1. Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the rum if desired.
2. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. For a fluffy frosting or chocolate filling, allow it to cool until thick, then whip with a whisk until light and fluffy.

Drizzle over Cheesecake and enjoy!

Personal Notes-The better chocolate you have, the better it turns out. Since I used Ghirdalli Brownies, I used their chocolate chips as well, and it tasted pretty amazing.