August 23, 2010

Broccoli & Sun-dried Tomato Dip

4 cups broccoli florets
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
8 oz sour cream
1/3 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 minced shallot
2 cloves garlic
freshly ground black pepper

Steam the broccoli. Drain thoroughly. Finely chop or pulse briefly in a food processor. Saute the shallot and garlic in the olive oil. Allow it to cool slightly. Add the broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, garlic, cream cheese, sour cream and spices to a large bowl. Use a mixer or spoon to combine. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.
My thoughts:
When I tried these Terra Chips that had carrots, blue potatoes and kobocha in them, I knew I had to make a vegetable-y dip. We had an abundance of broccoli so I steamed some up until it was tender then gave it a whirl in the VitaMix. I had some some sun-dried tomatoes so I added that along with some reduced fat cream cheese and sour cream. I mixed it together in my stand mixer using the whisk attachment and it came out really light and creamy. I normally don't use a mixer for dips but I might always now, it really combined everything in just a few seconds.

The broccoli flavor in this dip is mild and contrasts nicely with the sharp sun-dried tomatoes. I like that is so packed with vegetables because then it doesn't seem like such an indulgence to have some dip and chips with my lunch!