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Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Although most grocery stores carry sweet pepper dip, this homemade roasted red pepper cream cheese dip is worth the effort. It's a Mediterranean inspired dip with bell peppers, basil, garlic, shallot, and more. This cream cheese red pepper spread will get rave reviews!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients 

  • 3 red bell peppers
  • ¼ Cup basil, chopped
  • 4 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper, coarse
  • ¼ Cup parmesan, grated
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 Ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 shallot, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat the broiler on high and place the oven rack 4 to 5” below the broiler.
  • Slice the pepper into slabs. Brush each side with olive oil.
  • Place garlic cloves and shallots into the center of a foil packet and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and close foil into a ball. Place under the broiler.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange peppers on the foil. Add peppers to the oven and broil for 4 minutes.
  • Turn the peppers over. Broil for 3 more minutes.
  • Remove peppers, garlic, and shallots from the oven.
  • Add peppers, garlic, and shallots to a bowl and cover. Let steam for 10 minutes.
  • *This step will further soften the peppers. You may skip this step if you prefer peeling the peppers for a smoother dip, but I find the roasted/slightly charred skin gives a delicious smoky flavor and perfect texture to this dip. I highly suggest trying it this way!
  • Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Next, add the peppers, garlic, and shallots to a food processor along with basil and parmesan. Purée.
  • Add olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add the puréed vegetables. Sauté for 2 minutes, then add the tomato paste. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add back to the food processor. Purée for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine this with the softened cream cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  • Garnish with a pinch of red pepper flakes and basil leaves. Serve with pita chips or crackers

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1666IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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