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Sunday Small Bites: #3: Sun Dried Tomatoes

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As many of you know, I am not a huge tomato fan. This year (after continually trying), I have added small, sweet, baby tomatoes to what I will eat. Sundried tomatoes are not an ingredient I ever cook with, so this week's recipe was a bit of a challenge. On the other hand, I will eat almost ANYTHING if there is enough cheese in it! That is how I "invented" my recipe for Asiago Cheese Tart. I tweaked and changed a recipe (Better Homes and Gardens: "Appetizers") that was for a hot dip (Asiago Cheese Dip) made in a crock pot.

First of all, I don't have a crock pot/slow cooker, nor do I have any interest in one. I am home most of the time, and can do slow cooking in my oven, or in a lovely pot on my stove. I understand the convenience for working families, but it is the LAST kitchen gadget I want to find storage for. Anyway, I decided, if I could cook this dip in a crock pot, then I could bake it in the oven or even in a tart shell. So I did both!

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1/2 cup chicken or beef broth mixed with 1/2 cup water
3-4 oz. sundried tomatoes
16 oz. sour cream
1 cup asiago cheese, grated
3 oz cream cheese, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup mayo
1 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled bacon

Bring broth and water to a boil in a small pan. Remove from heat. Add dried tomatoes, and let sit for 5 minutes. Drain, disgarding liquid, dry and chop tomatoes.
Combine all ingredients, stirring well. Place in baking dish and bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

OR...blind bake a tart shell or pie crust. Spread baked dip in tart shell and bake an additional 15 minutes.

This would make a great small bite cut in smaller wedges, but we had it for dinner with a spinach-peach salad with passionfruit dressing.

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Comments (4)

Very yummy sounding tart recipe, Palma. And serving it with that beautiful salad is lovely.

Sounds really good. And the tweaking you did to the recipe makes it sound better than it did previously.

Looks and sounds very delicious! And so does the salad...

amy:

Looks awesome!

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