let’s get festive. [roasted red pepper, artichoke & cream cheese dip]

December 11th, 2012 by | comments


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I’m back…and extremely behind on blogging! I was in D.C. all last week for the National Christmas Tree Lighting for work; so, needless to say, I didn’t have any time to cook.

Since Christmas is fast approaching, I’m catching up on cooking/posting holiday recipes. This delicious red pepper dip more often than not makes an appearance at our holiday parties. In fact, I’m bringing the appetizer to a secret Santa party tonight. It’s tasty, simple and festive–can’t get much better than that.

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roasted red pepper, artichoke & cream cheese dip
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Ingredients
  • 2 bricks (16 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 package Hidden Valley ranch buttermilk seasoning
  • 2 jars (12 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 4 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whip cream cheese and ranch seasoning with a hand mixer, until smooth.
  2. In another medium bowl, combine chopped artichokes, red peppers and parsley.
  3. Line a 3-cup bowl with Saran wrap. Add a small amount of the artichoke mixture to the bottom of the bowl. Top with ⅓ of the cream cheese mixture, followed by half of the rest of the pepper mixture. Repeat layering process, finishing with the cream cheese. Cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Carefully peel the Saran wrap from the edges of the bowl, then flip bowl over. Garnish dip with fresh parsley and serve with crackers or crostini (brushed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper).

 

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  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    A very delicious appetizer!

  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    This is indeed festive, Caroline!
    Beautiful shots, too – especially the second one!

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com Choc Chip Uru

    The ultimate festive snack food :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • http://myinnerchick.com My Inner Chick

    Perfect for any holiday feasts. LOooooooooooVE! xx

  • http://twitter.com/LisaNutrition Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)

    Gotta love quick festive snacks! This would go great with my celery, at least it will give my afternoon snack some excitement! LOL

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    I love how it’s Christmasy, but also not. Great pictures, looks like a fun time!

  • http://elephanteats.com Amy

    Wow, such an easy yet BEAUTIFUL dip! I think I might have to make this on Christmas eve :)

  • egg me on

    I’m sure this will be a big hit at your Secret Santa party tonight! Looks amazing. I agree with Greg — it’s Christmasy, but not. Also, you can never go wrong with packet of Hidden Valley Ranch. Mmm.

  • http://chgojohn.wordpress.com ChgoJohn

    This would be perfect for a holiday party, Caroline. It’s flavorful with all of the colors of the season. Better still, once served, it’s going to keep its shape. There’s nothing sadder than a melted mould.

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com Ashley Bee

    I LOVE the presentation here! So cool :) I wish my family liked peppers!

  • http://sportsglutton.wordpress.com Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    Next time you’re back in DC Caroline let me know. Liz and I have (most likely) permanently moved back to the nations cap!

  • bakerbynature

    That tree is so pretty! And anything involving roasted red peppers has my vote – yummy, Caroline!!!

  • http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.wordpress.com Kristy

    Gotta love your job Caroline! What a great experience. This dip looks fantastic and very festive. :)