My niece's recipe comes from someone on my husband's side of the family, and while many of my in-laws are wonderful cooks, they did introduce me to a little something called "Cheese Jell-O" a few years ago. Looking back, this may have been part of my "new-girlfriend hazing." Cheese Jell-O is Jell-O topped with cheddar cheese. When you combine these two flavors they don't magically transform into a sumptuous new dish. It's just two pleasant, yet unrelated things in your mouth at the same time. Like part of your sandwich brushed up against your dessert at a picnic, and you ate it anyway. Not bad...
So, with Cheese Jell-O and my guacamole snobbery in mind, I was thinking that my niece was about to feed me another "two things" meal but being the patient auntie I am, I sat back and let it all unfold.
Below is the recipe, and a review of this dip. To make this at home, you will need the following:
1 Ripe avocado
Scoop out the contents of the avocado, and using a fork, mash it up in a bowl. Add about 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, and garlic salt to taste.
Add about one cup of cottage cheese to the avocado dip, and stir together.
Squeeze in 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice and continue mixing with fork.
With all of my reluctance and adverse feelings about fillers in guacamole, I would say that this cottage cheese avocado dip (note my refusal to call it the g-word) is actually really tasty! The cottage cheese ads a little tang, a lot of protein, and helps to stretch out an avocado amongst two ravenous school kids, and their full-grown aunt. The flavors blend together so well that I never once drew a parallel to the "two things Cheese Jell-O" experience. And of course, the creaminess of the avocado is always nicely paired with the saltiness of corn chips, so on the whole, this after-school snack recipe is one I embrace, and recommend to you!
This is also a great recipe for kids to "cook" on their own. For this blog post, my 8-year old niece was my "guest chef." Her 6-year old sister was my "guest food critic" but her review was too difficult to transcribe since her mouth was constantly full of dip. She did throw me a thumbs up between bites.
I could certainly see bringing this dip to a picnic or pot-luck. However, if it cozied up next to some Jell-O on my plate, I would more than likely leave that bit un-touched.