I attended college at a football school after growing up in a football state. From the time I was in elementary school to my senior year, Friday nights in the fall were spent at a football game. Then I went to college where Saturdays – not just Saturday afternoon but the entire Saturday – were dedicated to a football game.
Basketball season was a consolation prize for the occasional off year when the football team had a tarnished record. You know, something like 9-4 instead of 13-0 or a disappointing but acceptable 12-1 season. Nothing could take the pain away, but the basketball team was the glimmer of hope that could ease our pain.
Yes, we have a problem. No, we are not ready to accept help.
Despite considering basketball as little more than an occasional form of entertainment across an otherwise dull winter, I have always loved it when March Madness rolls around. Not so much for the basketball, but because the tournament signaled spring was just around the corner. Basketball season was coming to an end, and so was my least favorite of the seasons, winter.
I have never once filled out a tournament bracket, but I think the concept as it applies to snacks interests me. Do I have 64 go-to snacks? Probably not, but I am sure I could think of a snack-style sweet 16. In my final four: popcorn, gummy candies, dried fruit (all right, all right, dried fruit with chocolate bits) and chips and dip.
My go-to dip recipe this spring is a quick and easy five-ingredient spread of blue cheese, cream cheese, walnuts, parsley, and chives. Blue cheese brings big – but not overpowering – flavor. Parsley and chives lend the dip a lovely green hue perfect for that other springtime event – St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy!
Cheesy Herb Spread
Yield 6 servings
2 tablespoons walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1, 8-ounce package cream cheese
- Process the walnuts, parsley, and chives in a food processor until finely chopped.
- Transfer the nut and herb mixture into a small bowl, and stir in blue cheese.
- Next place the cream cheese in the bowl of the food processor, and process until smooth.
- Now add the herb mixture to the cream cheese, and process until thoroughly blended.
- Serve at room temperature.
The dip is good to serve immediately, but the flavors truly meld when made one day before.
Don't like blue cheese? Substitute feta cheese crumbles instead.