Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sandwich Spreads for Picnics

I use my veggie/fruit tray to take homemade sandwich spreads to cookouts and picnics. I usually put pickles or cherry tomatoes in the center. This tray has hummus, pimento cheese, egg salad and cucumber spread. Recipes below. I place my homemade oatmeal rolls and some crackers next to the tray.


1 15oz can garbanzo beans (Chickpeas) rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon Wildtree's Zesty Lemon Grapeseed Oil (or oil of your choice)
2 garlic cloves
Juice of 1 lemon (unless using the lemon grapeseed oil, then you don't need the lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
dash of cayenne pepper
OR in place of the cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper use
1 tablespoon Wildtree's Chipotle Lime Rub
Cold water as needed
Salt to taste

(You can use a number of seasoning blends in this. Another favorite, in place of the Chipotle Lime Rub is Wildtree's Rockin Moroccan Rub.)

Mix in blender or food processor until smooth, adding cold water as needed until desired consistency.

Pimento Cheese

    1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
    1 cup grated sharp cheddar
    1 cup grated Monterey Jack
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 tablespoon Wildtree’s Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Blend (optional)
    2 to 3 tablespoons pimentos, smashed
    1 teaspoon grated onion
    1-2 tablespoons sugar if desired (I prefer without)

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add all of the remaining ingredients and beat until well blended. It can be used as a dip for crudite or as a sandwich filling.

Egg Salad

 6-8 hard boiled eggs
3/4 cup or more of mayonnaise
1 teaspoon or more of Wildtree's Adobo Seasoning Blend
1 teaspoon or more of Wildtree's Tatziki OR Dill Dip Blend

Place all ingredients in a food chopper (my favorite is the Tupperware chopper) and stir until desired "chunkiness."

Cucumber Spread

1 large hothouse cucumber, grated
1/3 or so cup sour cream or Greek togurt
1-2 teaspoons Wildtree Dill Dip Blend

Mix together and chill. Add the sour cream or yogurt a little at a time. Otherwise this might get too runny.

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