Saturday, January 10, 2009

Cream Cheese Roasted Red Pepper Dip

1 cup jarred roasted red peppers
6 oz cream cheese
1 tbl sunflower seeds
1 tbl olive oil
salt and pepper

Add everything to a food processor or blender. Whiz. Serve with bread or crackers or veggies or whatever.


I saw Jacques Pepin do this on his PBS show last week. When he did it I immediately wanted to make it to put it on roast beef sandwiches. So I did. It's a good dip, but I think it needs a little something. I think some onion, maybe chives or scallion since they are mellow, some fresh basil would be good too. I put some onion on my sandwich... but I'm getting ahead of myself. Ok, dip.

You take the cream cheese. Man do I love cream cheese. All cheesy and creamy and delicious. I mean, c'mon. Then take some roasted red pepper. Now you could use freshly roasted if you wanted, but the jarred kind is just fine and it has some garlic in it, which adds more flavor. Next is sunflower seeds. Jacques used pumpkin seeds, but sunflower seeds are much more readily available around here. Now add some oil. I did, but you'll have to take my word on it since I didn't remember to take a picture. Next is salt and pepper.Then it's time to whiz. Whiz till it's smooth and dippy. And there you go, roasted red pepper dip. Now you could dip with it, or you could spread it on a toasted roll with some onion and roast beef and eat a mad good sandwich. This is a good dip, but I do think it needs a little something more. I liked it with the red onion, that was good. And like I said, basil would be good. Sun dried tomato, some Parmesan, bacon, all these things would also be nice. So while I will be making it again, I won't be making it exactly like this.


Karen said...

It looks good, but I'm with you. I'd have to add some green onions, garlic, and black pepper. Great idea to put it on a sandwich - better than plain old mayo!

vanillasugarblog said...

Ohhh yeah I would totally put this on roast beef or roast turkey. YUM
Don't you love watching J. Pepin? I think he does so well in front of the camera, so at ease.
His kids are lucky to have him making breakfast every morning.

Bob said...

Karen: I agree, much better than mayo. I found the garlic from the jarred peppers was plenty, although individual tastes vary. But yeah, some onion would have been good, it was awesome in the sandwich. :)

Bob said...

Dawn: Yeah, it would be good on turkey too. Jacques is a good one, although sometimes I can't understand what he's saying. Heh.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of dip on a sandwich what a good idea!

Reeni said...

That looks so delicious! All of your suggestions sound good, how about some avocado?

Bob said...

noble pig: Something about it just screamed roast beef when I saw it. Call it fate. :)

Reeni: Holy crap, what a great idea. If you wanted to make it lighter you could even swap out some of the cream cheese for avocado... I need to make a new recipe!

Vicki said...

I'd probably add some green Tabasco to liven it up. But that's just me :)

Bob said...

Vicki: Oh that would be good. Or some green chilis... or both. :)


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