Sundried Tomato Spread Recipe

| March 17, 2010 | 6 Comments

Sundried Tomato Spread

Sundried tomatoes are one of my favorite ingredients. Ever since college, when I first started making versions of sundried tomato pasta, I have been a huge, huge fan. So, whenever I see an alluring package of little, flat dried tomatoes, I have to buy them and use them. They are good in everything from pesto to foccacia to meatballs … and many things in between.

This past weekend, some good friends visited from New York and I wanted to make a few good dishes for them. But, the dishes needed to be mostly cook-ahead — I wanted to enjoy the company, not slave in the kitchen while they were there. On the menu was this spread: a high-flavor mix of white beans, sundried tomatoes, garlic and basil. Not only is it really tasty, but it’s also a cinch to make.

spread6To make this, you start with some hot olive oil. Toss in some crushed garlic, chopped basil and chopped sundried tomatoes and let it simmer for a few minutes to bring out the flavor. I love the scent that is produced while the mixture is cooking. It’s positively intoxicating. Now, the sundried tomatoes I use are dry-packed. They’re simply my favorite — and I may or may not actually snack on them from time to time. Just sayin’.

Next, you toss the beans with the sundried tomato mixture — just enough to coat them. I use Great Northern beans in this recipe because I like the meaty taste of them. But if you prefer, you could use a different white bean.

spread5Finally, everything gets poured into a food processor. Oil, tomatoes, garlic – the works. You whirl it around a bit until the beans are totally pulverized and it’s got an even, thick texture. Remember, this is a spread so it’s supposed to be pretty thick.

Transfer it to a bowl and serve it up with some thin slices of French bread. If you want, you can put some pretty basil leaves on top and drizzle it with a little (very good) olive oil, just before serving. Make sure you have a knife or spreader handy so everyone can help themselves.

What do you like to make when guests visit? Share in the comments!

Sundried Tomato Spread
serves 8 or more
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1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp chopped basil
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
2 cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add garlic, basil and sundried tomatoes and reduce heat to low. Simmer for five minutes.

Add the beans and toss to coat. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor.

Pulse until well combined.

Serve with thin slices of French bread.

Category: Appetizers, Recipes, spreads/dips, vegetables, vegetarian

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Meghan says:

    I love sun-dried tomatoes as well. This dip looks so delicious! Dips are one of my favorite foods, haha :)

    When I have guests I like to make bacon-stuffed cherry tomato appetizers – always a hit!
    .-= Meghan´s last blog ..My First Giveaway! =-.

  2. Sundried tomatoes are our family’s favorite! I’ve never made a spread with them before but sounds delicious!
    .-= Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes´s last blog ..Lentil Soup =-.

  3. I have never used sundried tomatoes before in a spread. Sounds delicious and easy. Just what you need when entertaining. I love my baked cheese and chipped beef dip. It is always a hit.
    .-= The Teacher Cooks´s last blog ..Roasted Vegetables =-.

    • Sarah Caron says:

      The Teacher Cooks — What is baked cheese and chipped beef dip? I have to confess I have never heard of it (and totally can’t picture it).

      Sook — They can be used so many ways … I am making a favorite pasta with the remainder of them today.

      Meghan — Those cherry tomatoes sound awesome. YUM!

  4. Donna says:

    I have made sun-dried tomato spread with tofu before, but your use of white beans is genius! Will have to try this!
    .-= Donna´s last blog ..Sundae Bloody Sundae: Guinness Ice Cream with Bailey’s Sauce =-.

  5. Deen says:

    This recipe looks great and is right up my alley! I love when delicious meets frugal! :)

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