01 July 2012

A Simple Chèvre, Chive and Green Onion Dip

In the early years of our marriage, my husband and I braved the high-summer crowds to spend the Fourth of July holiday on Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. With its harbor towns and fishing villages, farmlands and cherry orchards, Door County was and still is the perfect place for that uniquely American holiday.

We browsed the antique stores and quilt shops, buying fudge for dessert and carved shorebirds for our collection. In the evenings we'd drive up into the hills behind the quaint village of Ephraim, where the air was filled with woodsmoke and birdsong.

One night we saw a group of people on a picnic, with tables set up in the sunken foundations of an old farmhouse. I was certain these were the descendants of the original homesteaders, returning to the daily seat to mark Independence Day.

My ancestors were not among the Scandinavians and Belgians who settled Door County; they were among the Irish and French Canadians who settled 17 miles across the Bay of Green Bay. But they too marked the Fourth of July with gatherings at the home of my grandmother in Frenchtown, which with its old barn, garden and ample yard, felt rural, even though it was a block from the neighborhood's commercial center.

Fourth of July at Grandma Annie's will always conjure memories of berry pies, fresh vegetables, grilled chicken and potato chips (all washed down with Coca Cola).

Potato chips are a family weakness. We love them. We love them plain and we love them with dip. So as you must know by now, I love experimenting with dip.

For this holiday's dip, I took a look in my refrigerator and another look in my garden. This is what I came up with:

Chèvre, Chive and Green Onion Dip


  • 1 four-ounce log of chevre, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • dash honey-dijon or grainy mustard (optional)
  • dash sea salt and freshly ground pepper


Blend the first three ingredients in a small bowl and allow to soften at room temperature. I used multiple blade herb scissors to chop the chives and the green portion of the onions. Have a bowl of chips at the ready so you can taste test as you go along. The mustard is purely a matter of taste. So are the seasonings. Allow the flavors to marry before serving.

The dip should be rustic - that is, coarse, not smooth. Serve it with fresh green pepper strips, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, bagel chips and of course, potato chips.


6 comments:

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I haven't seen grandma Annie's name in a long, long time!!! (welcome back, grandma Annie)
As for chips, we love 'em, too. Kettle chips are a favorite, but the dark russet ones are hard to come by. Perhaps they don't make them any more? And chips and dip? Yum. My mom used to buy a tub of the french onion dip for ours, but homemade with chevre sounds amazing!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Great minds think alike! A friend who makes goat cheese brought me a log last week, and I've been playing with that and herbs from my garden, too. I'm afraid to buy the potato chips (no self control around them), but they'd be perfect with a dip like this.

M Johns said...

Cyn, when my mother and aunt were young, they made dip with cream cheese, onions, ketchup and Miracle Whip. I love to do that when I am feeling nostalgic. I used to make it with Catalina salad dressing, which I cannot find anymore.

M Johns said...

Lydia, I have not an ounce of self control around chips. I blame it on my mother. We ted to call her the Big Dipper.

Christine said...

Oh, oh, oh! Lovely recipe and perfect for the 4th of July where there will be a gathering of grilling folk on my backyard deck. Potato chips will be involved... and now this dip. Happy 4th Mimi!

M Johns said...

Same to you, Christine - it is so hot here. I'm experimenting with another dip today.