Oct

2

2009

Dip Into This

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Dip

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Sundried Tomato Dip-Duo Dishes

Have you ever had to make something for an occasion when you really were not in the mood?  Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking.  Especially when you were looking forward to some well deserved lazy time.  There is power in your energy when you’re cooking.  In Like Water for Chocolate, Tita made it clear that if she wasn’t feeling it, no one else would either!  When you cook begrudgingly, it’s not so fun.  We have our own ways to make something fast when we’re not up to it.  Here are two:  pick something that works at room temperature or chilled and make sure it can be made ahead of time.  That means you can get it ready hours, if not a day or two even, before the occasion, pop it in the fridge and move on with your life.  There’s nothing we love more than that.


First of all, dips are great room temp or cold.  Second, most dips will not take more than 10 minutes to make.  Third, all cold dips taste better once the flavors have had a chance to marry.  In other words, they are perfect in moments of laziness.  Dips are great ways to use up extra herbs too, so if you have bits of greenery sitting idle in the fridge or freezer, chop them up and stir them in.  Here’s a quick and simple dip you can finish in minutes, even if you really don’t want to bother.

Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Dip – Serves 6 to 8
1 1/2 cups light sour cream
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 sun-dried tomato halves, minced
6-8 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Kosher salt

1.  Whisk sour cream, mayonnaise and lemon juice until smooth.

2.  Stir in lemon juice, garlic, tomatoes, basil, parsley and chives.  If desired, salt to taste.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. Yum! This looks simple but good and really flavoursome with all the garlic and sun dried tomatoes :)

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  2. You know I too often forget about the power of sun-dried tomatoes.

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  3. LOVE garlic and sundried tomatoes!!

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  4. I’m in the mood! I must make this, love all the wonderful herbs and sun dried tomatoes you added

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  5. The opening paragraph of this reminds me of so much of some of the speeches Carla from last season’s “Top Chef” used to give. Cookin’ with love makes everything taste better.

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  6. I think I must be insane because in those moments I still often push ahead with some gloriously complicated recipe. Next time I should be more sane and make something like this dip instead.

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  7. Last night was a “I don’t want to bother night for me.” Frozen pizza. Best dinner EVER. :)

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  8. I’ve had those moments. Just when you think you were off the hook. haha…

    Awesome dip!!!! I’m definitely going to save this. Pass me some of the crudite and bread.

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  9. mmmmm. i could think of about one million things to dip in that!

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  10. bring on the lazy :D

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  11. Making this for my sisters annual christmas cocktail party.. Thanks, sounds perfect!

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  12. Sun dried tomatoes are itself a meal for me….. plus garlic and sour cream, just marvelous :)

    Cheers!

    Gera

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  13. mmm looks good! I want some crispy pita chips to go with that. I might have to throw a party soon just so I can make this dip!

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  14. i love dips and I can just dip everything from chips to veggies.. I think I’m gonna love this..

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  15. Nice combination of flavors. I love a good dip, even for dinner! ;-)

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  16. Simply delicious dip, sun dried tomato and basil always go along together.

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  17. Definitely try this dip!

    Angie’s Recipes

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  18. oh how I do love a good, tasty dip. one that is so good you don’t even need stuff to dip it with, just fingers! lol

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  19. Love this recipe – perfect football food to me too! :D

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  20. Dips are great for making in advance and perfect for a no-cooking kind of day. Sounds delicious!

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  21. let me be quite honest – rather than having something quick and easy to prepare I would much rather have you two – seems so much easier that way to me….

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  22. Sun dried tomatoes and basil! I’m sure this tastes good!!

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  23. Looks super yummy! Going to have to try this next time I have a party.

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  24. So uh, I’d love to try that dip. but can I also have the piece of cake in your blog header. Please?

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  25. what a lovely & appetizing dip!!

    This is great because I have some leftover fresh basil to use up!

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  26. This sounds so tasty!! Lovely flavors.

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  27. That’s such a nice dip for nachos, munching away in front of the tv

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  28. How yummy, love the basil addition.

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  29. Dip into this? Don’t mind if I do! I love sun dried tomatoes.

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  30. Looks great! I’ll be sure to make this next time we have guests, which will be pretty soon. By the way, I love that movie Like Water for Chocolate!

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  31. The sun dried tomatoes would make for a tasty dip!

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  32. I love how this looks so completely decadent yet it’s made with low-fat sour cream. Definitely makes me want to dunk away, again and again.

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  33. wow, I want to dive into this. Love the dun dried tomatoes!

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  37. [...] how much of a cook you are, there is no guarantee that each dish will be a success.  Following a sun-dried tomato and basil dip that disappeared faster than you can say “Sally sold seashells by the seashore”, there [...]

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