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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Roasted Red Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite... Prepare yourselves. Memories of gnarled and ancient trees whose boughs are bent with gold and hillsides flaming in the glow of a setting Tuscan sun are about to be unleashed. Some call it a spread or dip. Others call it a sauce. Whatever you call it, this dish is so good that it's hard to grasp it can be made from a handful of ingredients in so little time. Strange, maybe, but undeniably true. Well-drained, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers are thrown into a blender and spun to a puree that is thinned with a bit of olive oil and flavored with garlic and pepper flakes. That's it. It's served with flatbread or with pasta. Si mangia bene. Here's the recipe.

Roasted Red Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1 cup well-drained, coarsely chopped, roasted red bell peppers from a jar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 cup well-drained sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil and herbs

Directions:
1) Combine peppers,oliveoil,garlic, basil,red pepper flakes and tomatoes in the jar of a blender or food processor. Pulse or process until desired consistency is reached.
2) Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with flatbread or toss with hot pasta. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

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34 comments :

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Hi Mary,

Oh ma gawd that sounds good! I just love anything with sun dried tomato as a main ingredient.

Thank you for your visit. Hope your weekend was magical and the upcoming week holds wondrous surprises.

Cheers! =D
~Kitty

Lynda said...

Why did I read this before going to bed? Now I will be thinking of this wonderful spread...I'll have to make it soon, Mary, as it looks so good!

Mary said...

Sounds wonderful!

Baking Monster said...

I knew coming to your site I would find something delicious!I think im in pure bliss,sun dried tomato spread?thats amazing I can't wait to try it.

girlichef said...

mmmmmm...that color! Sounds amazing...especially w/ your description :D

Debinhawaii said...

Gorgeous color--it looks delicious!

Martha said...

It's a good spread, dip -- we like it with veggies as well. Your picture makes me want to take a big scoop!

Lisa said...

Mmmmmnnn. I would love this on pasta.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yum!!!!

Thing is, Mary, this time, in your first descriptive words you made me feel like I was in the countryside of beautiful Italy!! Let's go!!! We can dine in an quaint ol' Tuscan outdoor cafe and watch the world go by as we snack on the Tomato Spread and sip on their wine.

Yessiree, I'm there.

Joycee said...

Oh my, this sounds sooo good! Love anything with sundried tomato or roasted red pepper. Can't wait to try this one. I have a whole file of Mary's Perfect Bites!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

This looks delicious and very seldom are my cupboards without these ingredients. I think this would be delicious spread on a panini befre pressing. Mmmm……yummy!

Cathy said...

This is my favorite type of recipe, easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Yikes, I've got to make the time to roast peppers for the freezer. The market is full of them right now.

Allie said...

Looks wonderful and so simple to toss together! Can't wait to try it!

Jennicillin said...

I can't wait to make that Roasted Red Pepper and Sun-Dried Tomato spread! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I've just signed up to follow yours... it's right up my ally!!

Hope you're having a good week!

Bridgett said...

This sounds delicious!

Gaby said...

omg I love Roasted Red Peppers!!!! This spread sounds fab - I want to use it for my panini's!!!

Pam said...

I call it delicous! Love the flavors you used Mary.

Lori E said...

I am making stuffed potatoes for this weekends barbecue. Mmm good.
That dip looks so rich and full of flavor.

The Blonde Duck said...

How about serving it with bread and pasta! :)

Debbie said...

This is perfect with some flatbread...oh so good!

Kristin said...

How simple& delicious! I'm going to bookmark this one too! Thank you for being so sweet, I just love all your comments. You really make my day.

Katy ~ said...

I'm a fool for sun dried tomatoes, grins. Adding this to my must-do stash!

xinex said...

Hi Mary! Where did you learn how to cook? You are just so good and you know how to prepare so many delicious dishes!....Christine

Mary said...

xinex, I've been cooking since I was 6 years old. I had a unique and wonderful childhood and was surrounded by great cooks from around the world. I've never lost my passion to cook and view each new day as an opportunity to try something new or lovingly reconstruct something old.

I'm Julia said...

Ah... now I know the secret for a favorite restaurant's dressing... this HAS to be exactly what they put on their Mediterranean salad.

Yay!

Melissa and Zack said...

this would make a nice sauce for pasta - Josh would love it! looks yum yum good

Kevin said...

That would be one tasty spread!

SnoWhite said...

Yum - this sounds delicious. I'm always looking for alternatives to hummus because I'm allergic to sesame! Thanks :)

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Oh, my goodness... my mouth is watering! This sounds delcious.

Mermaid Debbie

ButterYum said...

Oh my... be still my heart! What a delicious sounding spread!!! Will definitely be giving this one a try. Thanks so much1

Alecia said...

Just printed this recipe to put in my file- love that is not loaded with calories- but with FLAVOR!!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous color! Just wondering: how far in advance do you think I could make this dip? I would be servings it with pita chips most likely.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous color! Just wondering: how far in advance do you think I could make this dip? I would be servings it with pita chips most likely.

Mary said...

Sarah, I've made it two days before serving and kept it for another three if there are leftovers. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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