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Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Garlic Dip

No recipe image available.Puréed roasted red bell peppers, garlic, fresh basil and lime juice combined with cream cheese make colorful and most delicious dip.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 roasted red bell peppers, peeled and seeded*
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Thin crackers or oasted baguette slices for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor. Process until smooth. If desired, garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley or basil.

Makes about 1 cup.

*You can purchase ready-to-use roasted red peppers in jars. Or, to roast bell peppers, line a baking sheet or jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil, using enough foil so that you have extra on the sides. Place peppers in a single layer on top of foil. Broil 6 to 8 inches below broiler element. Rotate to char on all sides. Remove from oven and draw up sides of foil to enclose peppers. Allow to rest 5 minutes. Open foil. When peppers are cool enough to handle, peel and seed.