Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

5 stars based on 1 votes

sun dried tomato dip

This dip is elegant summer party food. Think picnic, entertaining on the patio, outdoor concert on the grass, white wine, grown-ups, etc.  I had it for the first time at a party at my friend Lisa’s house a few weeks ago. Let’s just say if an empty bowl is the sign of a good dish, this one’s a sure winner — it was the first thing gone from the appetizer table.

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My friend Kelly was the one who made it so, naturally, I asked for the recipe. To my surprise, she told me it was the Sun-Dried Tomato Dip from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. I have that cookbook (who doesn’t?!) and had passed over the recipe a hundred times. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of sun-dried tomatoes. But this dip doesn’t taste like sun-dried tomatoes at all — it’s just tangy and delicious and full of bright summer flavor. No wonder it was the best selling dip at the Barefoot Contessa store.

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In true Ina Garten fashion, it’s a no holds barred recipe. Sour cream, mayo, cream cheese — you get the idea. (Deb from Smitten Kitchen said it best, the woman is “clearly trying to kill us.”) But it’s special occasion food and if you eat it with vegetables, there’s at least some virtue in it, right?

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It literally takes ten minutes to make. You simply throw everything in a food processor and blitz to blend. And to make your life easier, I recommend making it a day ahead; it tastes even better when the flavors have a chance to mingle for a while.

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Serve with flat bread, crackers, chips, veggies or all of the above. Enjoy!

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Barefoot Contessa Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Servings: 2 cups
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's
  • 10 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts), plus a bit more for garnishing if desired

Instructions

  1. Place the tomatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Blitz to blend well. Add the scallions and pulse twice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Let dip come to room temperature, garnish with sliced scallions if desired, then serve with flat bread, fresh vegetables, crackers, chips or all of the above.
  2. *It is important that the cream cheese be room temperature so there are no lumps.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    This is so easy and is something different than the usual dip served with veggies/crackers. I like to add a bit more of the tomatoes for even more flavor. Love the hot sauce too.

    - Cindy on July 23, 2014 Reply
  • really nice dip, I tend to nearly double the amount of tabasco, but that is just my preference. I alos make it low fat with low fat cream cheese, light sour cream and no fat mayo, still tastes great.

    - Amanda on January 10, 2014 Reply
  • this one is a keeper. i’ve made it a couple of times now, just as described, and it’s gotten rave reviews. i’ve been asked for the recipe.

    - katya on March 13, 2013 Reply
  • I LOVE this dip! Everyone who I serve it to, loves this dip! Even tomato haters!
    I think I have something wrong with me that I have to tweak every recipe I ever make… The original was too heavy for me so I use Neufchâtel cream cheese, and substitute a heaping tablespoon plain yogurt for about the same mayo. When I can find it, I use Simply Sour Cream (no fat sour cream with no additives) from Trader Joes. I also love sun-dried tomatoes so I add another 1/4 cup of the kind not in oil. I put an extra green onion or two in as well.
    *Everyone* eats their vegetables with this dip!

    - ieatdarkchocolateeveryday on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • I used low-fat cream cheese, sour cream & mayo and it was yummy. I also forgot to add the hot sauce. Oops. I still enjoyed it. I will definitely make it again.

    - Melanie on December 9, 2012 Reply
  • I know I’m 39, but I wish Ina Garten would adopt me. Is this recipe successful if low-fat version of the cheese, mayo and sour cream are used?

    - Karen O on June 24, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Karen, I’ve never tried it but can promise you it wouldn’t be as good :)

      - Jenn on June 25, 2012 Reply
  • I had made this for our recent pool party & had to give people the recipe before they left. It’s so simple & delicious!! I absolutely love the deep flavor of sun dried tomatoes & can eat them by themselves. I served this along with carrots, butter crackers, melba toast, and other veggies. My 3 yr old son also was one that kept going back for more. Thank you Jennifer!

    - Aylin on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • This is a great recipe for entertaining and makes a nice amount. I am often asked for the recipe and love to share it as it’s an easy one and it looks pretty when it’s garnished. I definitely recommend serving with a variety of dipping options – especially the vegetables as it complements everything really nicely and offers a bigger appetizer spread this way.

    - CareyS on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Just made this for a tailgating party and it is SO good, thanks!!!

    - Sara Fleetwood on June 6, 2012 Reply
  • Delicious! I made it for a gathering over the weekend and it was gone so quickly!!!

    - Carissa on May 22, 2012 Reply
  • Omigosh that looks delicious! For the record…Ina Garten is cool!

    - Tessa on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • A perfect dip for parties and family.

    - Donna on May 16, 2012 Reply
  • Can’t wait to make this.

    - Lynsy on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • OMG this is so good! I’ve been meaning to try it since I saw Ina make it on her show Barefoot Contessa, but your pictures definitely convinced me. Great job on the food photography, by the way!

    - Lisa on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • Was skeptical about this one but turned out great. Did not think I’d be a fan of sun dried tomatoes, who knew?

    - Mike on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • oh wow! this would be a quick way to send a diet flying out the door! still… it looks quite worth it!!!

    - Cassie on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I made this dip recently for my family and we loved it … it sure didn’t last long!

    - Melissa Crawford on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Abagail Orme

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

    - Abagail Orme on December 13, 2011 Reply
  • Yum! I love recipes that can just be thrown together in the food processor. Adding to my recipe file.

    I’ll be making your coconut banana tonight for the 76th time. Okay fourth.

    - Amnah on September 22, 2010 Reply
  • This recipe looks delicious. I am going to try using 1/2 lower fat cream cheese and see if it would affect the taste. Thanks for sharing.

    - Judimae on August 29, 2010 Reply
  • I have been making this recipe for a few years now, and have always used Helmann’s light, 1/3 fat cream cheese and light (or fat free) sour cream. Still tastes delicious (or perhaps ignorance is bliss)!

    - Danielle on August 5, 2010 Reply
  • Oh that just looks so fresh and inviting!! Perfect for summer days!

    - the domestic mama on August 4, 2010 Reply
  • yay to Kelly. Kelly mentioned this recipe several times to me- the pictures of it makes me want to finally make it. Yummy!

    - Vi on July 29, 2010 Reply
  • I have her cookbook and have also overlooked this recipe for years! How did that happen?! This looks amazingly good- I’ll definitely try it out soon!

    - Amy (Sing For Your Supper) on July 29, 2010 Reply
  • This sounds yummy. Will have to make it soon, thanks.

    - Debs on July 29, 2010 Reply

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