Believe it or not, summer is upon us. It doesn’t even seem possible, but July 4th will be here in no time. The Fourth usually comes along to find us all in the midst of maximizing our time outdoors. Whether it’s time spent in the pool, at the lake or beach, or even just taking in the great outdoors, we all love summer. And though it can be downright sweltering here in the deep south, we Southerners love a backyard barbecue. It’s a time to fire up the grill and spend time with family and friends – and food! One of my favorite foods to share at a barbecue is my Dill Pickle Dip. This dip is cool and refreshing and filled with that great dill pickle flavor. It’s great on chips, crackers, fresh veggies, a spoon… just about anything. I like to make mine with Vlasic’s new Farmer’s Garden Pickles. Since I first saw them on the shelf in their vintage looking mason jar and lid, I knew they had to be good. These pickles are canned just like grandma used to do and are artisanal-quality, premium pickles, made with honest ingredients and no artificial flavors. Farmer’s Garden pickles are made with the finest, specially selected ingredients – deliciously ripe cucumbers, whole garlic cloves, slices of red bell pepper, rounds of carrots and fresh herbs and spices – harvested at the peak of freshness. You can actually see all the chunks of peppers, carrots, and garlic right in the jar. Any of their five delicious varieties (Zesty Garlic Chips, Bread & Butter Chips, Kosher Dill Spears, Kosher Dill Halves and Dill Chips) would work great in the recipe though I prefer using the Zesty Garlic Chips and the Dill Chips because I find them easier to chop.
YOU CAN WIN! The great folks at Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic are giving you several ways to win! First, you can visit their website and enter the Savor the Simplicity Sweepstakes to win a summer entertainment package valued at $1,500. When you enter, you’ll also get a $1.00 off coupon for a jar of Farmer’s Garden pickles. You can also leave a comment below telling me some of your favorite simple moments in life and I’ll randomly select 3 winners to receive a free jar of Farmer’s Garden. Because of the summer season, I think about fun afternoons spent on the Slip ‘n’ Slide and grape popsicles when I think about Summer simple moments. Be sure to use the hashtag #FarmToJar when you comment.
- 1½ cups finely diced kosher dill pickles
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 to 4 tablespoons pickle juice
- In a medium bowl combine the pickles, cream cheese, garlic powder, and salt. Add the pickle juice gradually to get the mixture to dipping consistency. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, and then serve chilled alongside crackers, potato chips, or vegetables.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for the post as well as provided with free product. However, I only allow sponsored posts from products that I enjoy or use in my home already, so the thoughts expressed here are honest and my own. Plus, these are seriously some really great pickles.