Anybody watching the Super Bowl? I am not this year, but it is an excuse to make a dip anyhow. Use all your leftover cheeses (can melt them in some arak or wine), add some nuts (pecans) and a bit of arak to the mix. Make it creamy and a bit pungent. Make some french fries (once is allowed, OK!) and sit comfortably to watch grown men getting busy on the field.
INGREDIENTS: Quantity will make 1 1/4 cup, or 6 servings
- 3 ounces of blue cheese (Roquefort, Amish, whatever)
- 6 ounces of labneh (drain some yogurt overnight)
- 2 ounces of goat cheese (substitute another cheese or more labneh)
- 2 cloves of garlic, mashed with a pinch of salt in a mortar
- one tablespoon of chopped parsley
- 3 ounces of toasted pecans (or walnuts)
- 2 Tablespoons of arak
- 3 potatoes (large size, baking potatoes)
- oil for frying (at least 3 cups)
- Place the pecans in a mini processor; process till chopped. Add the labneh, goat cheese, blue cheese, mashed garlic, parsley and arak. Process for two minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding some black pepper or paprika if needed. Serve with fries or carrot and celery sticks.
- If making french fries, peel and cut into matchstick pieces. Heat the oil and fry one small batch at a time until the potatoes are barely colored, about 4 minutes. Remove and drain. When ready to eat, fry again for one or two minutes until golden and very crisp. Sprinkle salt and serve. (Make sure the oil is always at 375F, or very hot).
For the labneh recipe (super easy), click here.
Arak is Lebanon’s national drink; it is found at all major liquor stores throughout the US and Canada; it can be substituted with pastis, ouzo, raki, or anything else you fancy such as Armagnac or Cognac.
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