February 5, 2016

Sun Dried Tomato Dip

On the Menu Today~
Sun Dried Tomato Dip

This Sunday..
Watch the Super Bowl...
Cheer on your favorite team...
and dip into Sun-Dried Tomato Dip~
Easy and Delicious...

Sun-dried Tomato Dip
is a cheesy, hot dip that's
sure to be a touchdown!

Sun-dried Tomatoes~

Sun-dried tomatoes, once considered a "gourmet" item,
are now being discovered by cooks everywhere.
Packed with intense flavor,
they are a wonderful addition for everything from
meat, poultry and fish to rice, pasta, potatoes, salads and eggs.

Once you start keeping sun-dried tomatoes on hand,
you'll be amazed by how easy it is,
to be creative with this flavorful ingredient.
Try these ideas to add a "gourmet" flavor to everyday meals.

  • Add to tuna, chicken, potato or macaroni salads,
  • Finely mince and add to your favorite vinaigrette
  • Add to meatloaf mix along with a spoonful of prepared pesto
  • Stir into spinach or onion dip
  • Layer on a grilled cheese sandwich made with mozzarella cheese
  • Stir into macaroni and cheese before baking
  • Sprinkle on top of pizza

Sun-dried tomatoes have the same nutritional value as fresh tomatoes,
from which they are made.
They are high in Lycopene and vitamin C.
They are low in sodium and fat.
Sun-dried tomatoes are available dried or 
packed in oil as well as whole or
pre-sliced for convenience.

Sun Dried Tomato Dip

  • 1 (8.5 oz) jar sun dried tomatoes, drained (Bella Sun Luci sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut with extra virgin olive oil and Italian herbs)
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces mayonnaise
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves, for garnish, optional
Cooking Directions
  1. Place drained tomatoes in a mini chopper, pulse 5 to 7 times. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together cream cheese, mayo, salt and pepper.
  3. Fold in shredded mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
  5. Spread cream cheese/sun dried tomato mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish, shape into a football for fun or any fun shape you like.
  6. Bake covered for 30 minutes, remove cover, bake an additional 15 minutes longer.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves and/or sun-dried tomato strips, if desired.
Serve with pretzels, crackers, or corn chips.

Tomato, Dip, Cheese, Cream Cheese, Appetizer
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