Fresh Dill tends to be infested with insects and therefore needs insect inspection. Please see “special instructions” below.
Dried dill does not need to be inspected.Eileen Goltz.Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups.Fresh
6 hard-cooked large eggs
3 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
2 ounces (about 3 tablespoons) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
Garnish: dill sprigs
Cut a paper-thin slice off both ends of eggs and then halve eggs crosswise. In a small bowl or food processor blend the yolks, salmon, cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste until smooth. Add the minced dill and mix until mixture is just combined. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a large leaf or other decorative tip. Pipe the filling into white shells and garnish with the dill sprigs. In the event you don’t have, or want to use a pastry bay you can spoon the filling into the white shells.Fresh Dill Insect Infestation: Fresh dill, as well as basil, cilantro, parsley, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme are fresh herbs often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water. Recommendation: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found, proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs, it should not be used. Inspection: 1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs. 3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs. 4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light. 5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs. 6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.