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Friday, August 27, 2010

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Dip.

This dip is pretty much awesome... and with the smoked tomatoes, it reminds me of eating smoked mozzarella cheese. And that just makes me happy. We ate it with flat crackers {Sprouts brand}, Crispbread and in wainbow wraps, and just in lettuce as wraps. Yum.

2 cups sun-dried tomatoes {dry ones, not the kind packed in oil... I bought smoked ones - yum!}
2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
1/2 cup cooked white beans, drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup olive oil {i omit and just add more tomato water}
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
several pinches of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Place the tomatoes in a bowl and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. Cover with a plate and let soak for about 15 minutes.

In a blender or food processor, grind the almonds to a powder. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the tomatoes from the water... don't discard the water... and add them to the almonds. Add the remaining ingredients and puree, adding up to 1/4 cup of the tomato water and scraping down the sides often until smooth. Add basil leaves and pulse a few times so that the leaves are chopped and dispersed but not pureed.

Cover and chill for at least and hour.

Belly Bites:
Jen {yum!!} - Shayne {yum!} - Ava {yum.} - Nolan {too spicy!} - Coco {yum!}

Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
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