I never seem to get tired of eating sun-dried tomatoes, and lately I’ve been craving bagels and cream cheese. So I thought I’d try making a Sun-Dried Tomato Spread. It turned out to be a very savory cream cheese spread with chives, basil, garlic, and some finely shredded Parmesan cheese sprinkled in…yum! It’s a nice, thick spread for bagels and you can also use it as a veggie dip—if you want the consistency to be thinner for a dip, just add a little more plain Greek yogurt to the recipe.
Sun-Dried Tomato Spread or Dip
SUN-DRIED TOMATO SPREAD OR DIP by NancyC
Makes 10 servings
1 (8-ounce) block of cream cheese—regular or light
1/4 cup mayonnaise, regular or light
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use 3/4 to 1 cup if you want to make a thinner dip)
3/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives (or substitute green onion stems)
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Optional: additional finely chopped chives or green onions for garnish
In a medium bowl, blend softened cream cheese with mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt. Add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese, blending well. Then add in the chives, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper, blending all ingredients well.
Scoop mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped chives or green onions. Spread on bagels or serve with fresh veggies and/or crackers.
Other optional add-ins or substitutions: 2 Tablespoons finely chopped green or black olives; 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley; 2 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion; 2 Tablespoons finely chopped walnuts or pecans.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
This spread tastes great on Asiago Cheese bagels, and it’s also really good on Everything bagels!
Are you a sun-dried tomato fan? What’s your favorite way to eat them?
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I’m always on the lookout for new dips. This looks like a winner.
I make bagels all the time and this spread looks like a “keeper” to go with them. Thank you for the recipe, Nancy; it jazzes up my routine:-D
Wow, I have never made my own bagels–I bet they are just wonderful when they’re homemade! I will have to try that sometime, Susan! 🙂
Oh, I LOVE sun dried tomatoes!
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Me too, Michele! They are soooo good! 🙂
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