Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités

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Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudites

Well, this is it. This is the last post of 2015 – where the hell did the year go? I’ve got a reflection post I’ve been working on for next week but until then let’s talk about the last big event before we say goodbye to 2015 forever: NYE! I made this really delicious dill dip for you to make for your NYE party. It’s beyond simple and can be whipped up a day before so you won’t have to fuss with it come party time. Oh and you can get as fancy as you want with it by buying all sorts of pretty produce to serve alongside the dip or keep it super simple by enjoying with whatever you have in the fridge.

So, to be honest, I won’t be making this dip for New Years Eve to watch the ball drop with Carson Daly (bummer, I know!); instead, I’ll be dancing my ass off at a friend’s wedding which happens to be catered and it would probably be pretty weird for me to show up with a tin foil wrapped tupperware full of dip in hand, ya know? BUT that is why I made the dip earlier this week so I could pretend like I was preparing for a big NYE party (because I looooove planning) and so all of you can whip up this dip!

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I went back and forth on whether I wanted to review this Martha Stewart’s Appetizers on VV. It felt really mainstream for what I usually have going on around here but I honestly really enjoyed the book and decided that was more important. To be completely truthful, I’m a huge Martha fan; she feels like the Betty Crocker of our generation but she does even more! I’m in complete awe of the empire she’s managed to build and the really wonderful content that has come out of it in the form of Living magazine and all of the gorgeously useful books. The book that this Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités recipe came from is no exception. The book not only has spectacular photography but also practical content in the form of recipes and entertaining tips. There are a handful of recipes that aren’t vegetarian but most can be easily tweaked to fit any dietary preference.

This Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités is a creamy dip with simple flavors which allows the dill to shine through. It’s light and can be prepared ahead of time which makes it the perfect option for New Years Eve. The dip can be served with whatever vegetables you have on hand but I really enjoyed it most with cherry tomatoes, carrots, and bell pepper.

Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités recipe below:

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Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudités
An herby and fresh dip perfect to serve alongside all your favorite veggies.

Recipe From Martha Stewart’s Appetizers
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Crème fraîche
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Assortment of crudites (I used carrots, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, cucumbers, crackers, pita, radishes, and small peppers)
  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, Crème fraîche, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve or up to 24 hours.
  3. Stir before serving with crudites.



Dill Buttermilk Dip with Winter Crudites




  • itadakimat
    December 30, 2015

    Yum! totally making this! I’m really craving all those veggies after stuffing myself with chocolate and cookies for the last weeks.

    • Shellywest
      January 5, 2016

      I feel that! Not that cookies and chocolate aren’t the best things ever…but sometimes you just need a break! 😉

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    December 30, 2015

    I think reviewing a book you really enjoyed, no matter how seemingly pedestrian, is the entire point of a personal blog. It’s often hard to strike a balance between what we want to do, and what our readers want us to do… Glad you went for it!

    • Shellywest
      Ksenia @ At the Immigrant’s Table
      January 5, 2016

      Thanks for the support, Ksenia! It’s totally hard to find balance but in the end…it’s our blogs, right?

  • Caroline
    December 30, 2015

    This is one of those appetizers I like to park myself in front of and nosh on all night! So beautiful…like all of your work. I’m such a fan! Happy and healthy new year!

    • Shellywest
      January 5, 2016

      Awww, thanks for the kind words, Caroline! This dip is definitely worth noshing on all night!

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