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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

*A Garden Fresh Dip In A Pot*

Today I decided on something a little fun. This dip is served in a flower pot. You can make any flavor of dip, you just need a cheese base and your favorite vegetable herbs and spices. Here is an idea; you can make a gift for someone that likes to garden. You can package the dried ingredients, the recipe, and flower pot. Just place the things inside pot and tie a ribbon around the pot. This makes a great gift. Well, here you go.

*A Garden Fresh Dip In A Pot*

This dip is served in a flower pot. This makes about 1½ cups of

Basil- Tomato Dip:
6 Sun Dried Tomatoes, Cut In Half
1 Cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
¼ Cup Warm Water
½ Cup Sour Cream
¼ Cup Basil, Packed & Chopped
1 4 Inch Terra-Cotta Flower Pot, New
1 Medium Baby Carrot

Soak the flower pot for 15 minutes. make sure you dry it thoroughly. Cut the baby carrot in the shape of a cork. Fill the whole in the bottom of the pot. If the carrot is to long, cut it down so it will sit straight. Make sure you use a wide enough carrot to plug whole. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a single layer, in a shallow bowl. pour the ¼ cup of hot water over the sun-dried tomatoes and allow to soak for at least 10 minutes. Using a pair of kitchen scissors and cut tomatoes in small pieces. In a bowl mix cottage cheese and the sour cream; Add tomato and basil and mix well. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until ready to use. when ready put dip in the flower pot and serve. Added decoration: display a small gardening shovel next to flower pot. Serve with fresh cut up veggies and or chips.

Total Recipe: 507 Cal (51% from Fat, 29% from Protein, 20% from Carb); 38 g Protein; 29 g Tot Fat; 18 g Sat Fat; 8 g Mono Fat; 1 g Poly Fat; 26 g Carb; 5 g Fiber; 6 g Sugar; 485 mg Calcium; 5 mg Iron; 1245 mg Sodium; 69 mg Cholesterol.

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