Sundried Tomato Dip… or puke?

[6 Nov 2010 | By | 4 Comments]

pumpkin pukingI remember the first time I had this dip; my friend was throwing an impromptu dinner party and had a platter with this dip and piles of fresh veggies (she had blanched the asparagus for her fresh vegetable platter, which I remember noticing—and liking).

Now, it was my turn: I threw an impromptu Halloween party and added this dip to my list of appetizers. Then I had the idea to make it look like a pumpkin was vomiting this ‘red globby dip.’ (See my picture, below, where I used dried figs and olives for the pumpkin’s eyes and red pepper for its’ nose). My son Caleb made the ill-looking pumpkin pictured here—puking seeds and pumpkin guts. I think it turned out brilliantly!

Mine just happened to be edible—and center to our Halloween spread. I surrounded this sundried tomato dip [puke] with broccoli, red pepper spears, cucumber and carrot disks. And for the record: I was thrilled at this budget-savvy centerpiece for a ghoulish-laden, ghostly party.

pumpkinSun-dried Tomato Dip (Barefoot Contessa cookbook, p54).
makes 2 cups.

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
8 oz. sour cream, room temp.
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup good mayo
10 dashes Tabasco
KS & CO TT (translation: Kosher Salt and Coarse Pepper To Taste)
top with 2 thinly sliced scallions

Puree and serve. Notes: pump up the flavor with ample black pepper and pulse in an extra 2 T scallions right into the dip.

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  • Seb from Dog beds said (6 November 2010 at 2:15 pm):

    I would imagine that it tastes great. I am a big fan of sundried tomatoes. My wife puts them on our homemade pizza along with the fresh basil I grow in the summer – delizioso! By the way Janelle I have just finished reading Everything but the Squeal by John Barlowe, a year of pigging out in Northern Spain. Barlowe is a Brit married to a Spaniard, he teaches in San Sebastian. He sets out to eat every part of the pig through various Galician dishes. Very funny in places, you might enjoy it if you haven’t already come across it.

  • janelle (author) said (6 November 2010 at 3:39 pm):

    Thanks for the tip! I am buried in books;), but always love a good recommendation.

  • Seb from Dog beds said (7 November 2010 at 8:42 am):

    Janelle, one other recent one is Marcella Hazan’s autobiography “Amarcord Marcella Remembers”. Thanks for the reply.

  • janelle (author) said (8 November 2010 at 11:09 am):

    Who doesn’t love Marcella? Fantastic.