Friday, 7 February 2014

Creamy Red Lentil and Sundried Tomato Dip

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Creamy Red Lentil and Sundried Tomato Dip

  • ½ cup (125 mL) dry red lentils
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
  • 1-8 oz (250 g) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (60 mL) oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) “Salisbury Fair” blend or dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
  1. In a small saucepan, cover the lentils with water by an inch or two, bring to a boil and simmer until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Heat a skillet over low to medium heat, then add the oil and garlic and cook for about a minute (don’t let the garlic brown).
  3. Add the drained lentils, the cream cheese, tomatoes, lemon juice, thyme and salt. Break up the cream cheese into pieces with a spoon, and heat until the cheese is melted and everything is well combined.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve with pita, bread sticks, and/or cut vegetables alongside for scooping up the warm dip.
  5. Makes about 2 cups, serving 4-6 as an appetizer. Can be made a day or two ahead and kept in the fridge, then reheated just before serving.
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