Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

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This sun-dried tomato dip is tangy and delicious and full of bright summer flavor.

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This sun-dried tomato dip is elegant summer party food. Think picnic, entertaining on the patio, outdoor concert on the grass, white wine and grown-ups! 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.

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.

What you’ll need to make Sun-dried tomato dip

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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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How to make Sun-dried tomato dip

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 flatbread, crackers, chips, veggies or all of the above. Enjoy!

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Barefoot Contessa Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

This sun-dried tomato dip is tangy and delicious and full of bright summer flavor.

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.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Calories: 187
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Sodium: 170 mg
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • To be honest, I tasted this straight away out of my processor and wasn’t thrilled, which surprised me because I love every one of your recipes that I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. Put it into the fridge for a couple of hours; however, and it’s like night and day. I figured that’s all it was. Thanks again for the recipes Jen!! You’re always my go-to…:D

    • — Daffydil on August 26, 2021
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  • This was delicious. After making it I wondered if I should add garlic. I had my hubby taste it and he said it was fine the way it was. I do believe that the flavors were more enriched by making it a few hours ahead of time. I liked the scallions sprinkled over the top of the dip. It was great with vegetables and also the crackers.Thank you Jenn for this recipe! Also thank you Ina.

    • — Andrea Saltray on May 26, 2021
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  • I made the Sun Dried Tomato dip for two Mother’s Day gatherings. Everyone loved it and I was glad that there was a little bit leftover for me the next day. It was also a nice compliment to the grilled salmon. Can this dip be made ahead and frozen? Your recipes and those that you share from other chefs are my go to recipes and a joy to prepare! Thank you mucho.

    • — Maureen on May 11, 2021
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  • Could Worcester be used instead of Tabasco or do you have any other suggested substitutes?

    • — Grandma on February 11, 2021
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    • Hi, Do you have any other hot sauce? If so, I’d go that route. If not, Tabasco will lend a different flavor, but it will work. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on February 12, 2021
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  • This was great with chopped veggies like carrots, peppers and cucumber.
    We also had it with tortilla chips and as a sauce in a sandwich.

    • — Sian hughes on January 28, 2021
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  • Thank you for this post! I had pinned this recipe before I even realized it was an Ina recipe and I also own the cookbook! Came out great and super easy, thanks again for posting and now I think I’ll need to revisit her cookbooks and see what else I’m missing out on!

    • — Colleen on June 21, 2020
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  • Have you tried making this with your sundried tomato pesto? If so, how would you modify the recipe? Thanks!

    • — Liz on April 30, 2020
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    • I haven’t, but that sounds like a good idea. I think you could add the pesto to the sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo and be good to go! I don’t hink you’d need to add the scallions to the dip, but you could certainly still garnish with them. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on April 30, 2020
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  • I had the same recipe but only not using cream cheese. I believe I used cottage cheese, Greek Yogart and Mayo. Is there a recipe for this?

    • — Ellen Munger on December 3, 2019
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    • Hi Ellen, I don’t have that recipe, but there certainly may be a variation out there that has those ingredients. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 3, 2019
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  • I didn’t add any salt and I’m glad I didn’t. It’s still so salty; probably from the mayo & tomatoes. Yet, my main issue is the amount of tabasco; it’s very overpowering.

    • — ashley on November 14, 2019
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  • I have freshly made sun-dried/roasted tomatoes from a local Italian deli. Would you adjust the quantity? My thought being the flavor is not as strong as jarred sun-dried tomatoes. Also – thoughts on using herbed Boursin instead of cream cheese. That’s what I have on hand. TIA!

    • Hi Martha, Hard to know for sure if you’ll need more sun-dried tomatoes than the recipe calls for. I would make the dip up until the point where you add the scallions and taste it. If you feel like it needs more sun-dried tomatoes, you can add them at that point. And while I think herbed boursin cheese would work, it means you’d need to adjust all the other seasonings in the recipe, so for the most predictable results, I’d stick to cream cheese. Hope that helps!

  • This is a crowd pleaser! I add a little lemon, basil, and red pepper flakes and also use lactose free cream cheese and sour cream for my husband who can’t eat dairy. You can’t tell the difference. I just make sure it is refrigerated for a few hours which thickens it up a bit. I’m making it for the 3rd time in a week for a party tonight.

  • for the receipe how much sour cream, mayo, cream cheese and sun dried tomatoes?

    • Hi Betty, It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions underneath. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe with the ingredient amounts. Alternatively, at the very top of the page, to the right of the recipe name, you’ll see an icon that looks like a notepad – if you click on that, it will take you directly to the recipe. Hope that clarifies!

  • This dip is wonderful! Has just the right amount of zing with the Tabasco sauce. I served it with pita chips.

    • — Kathryn Laudick
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  • I’m not generally a fan of tomatoes, but this was a great dip! Wheat Thins makes a sun-dried tomato and basil cracker. Thought it might be too much together, but they really complimented each other. Making it for my husband’s 50th birthday party (this was a test run)!

  • Good Morning,
    I am not a heat person so can I either lessen the Tabasco Sauce or not use it at all? Love all the comments and can hardly wait to try it.🤗

    • Sure, Cheryl – it’s perfectly fine to leave it out or add to taste. Enjoy!

  • This rocks! I could eat it all myself. I used full fat everything. If you don’t eat like this every day, I say just go for it.

  • This was very tasty and easy. Will definitely make this again!

  • This has become my go-to dip. It is easy AND delicious. I serve it with a combination of vegetables and breadsticks/crostini. Thank you Jenn!

  • I needed to find an appetizer recipe that was quick and suitable for a family with lots of allergies to wheat and nuts. I made this for a superbowl party and it was a hit! I served with fresh cut up veggies and gluten free crackers made from sweet potatoes. It was perfect and so easy to make. I agree that it didn’t have a super strong tomato taste but was creamy and delicious!

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