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... Cheesy Tomato Dip

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A tasty appetizer anytime of the year but especially the cooler months.

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:
  • 2 French baguettes, sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/4 cups Mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese or Neufchatel, room temperature
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 425ยบ F.
  2. Combine tomatoes, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl and toss together until everything is thoroughly coated.
  3. Transfer tomato mixture to an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and place in oven.
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, tossing in the middle, until tomatoes are charred.
  5. In a bowl or mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth, then mix in mozzarella and parmesan.
  6. Remove tomatoes and garlic from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes. Transfer to food processor, add basil, and pulse until smooth. 30-45 seconds.
  7. Fold pureed tomatoes into blended cheeses and pour into individual ramekins or a large skillet.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly.
  9. While dip is in the oven, brush baguette slices with remaining olive oil.
  10. Remove dip from oven and turn broiler on high.
  11. Place bread slices directly on oven rack and toast for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they burn easily.
  12. Transfer bread slices to serving plate and serve hot with dip.

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