*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                        SUN-DRIED TOMATO CHEESE BALL
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Appetizers                       Cheese/Eggs
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         *INGREDIENTS*
    3       oz           Sun-dried tomatoes -
                         -blanched*
    8       oz           Cream cheese
    8       oz           Unsalted butter - OR
                         -margarine
    1       c            Parmesan - freshly grated
    2       tb           Olive oil
    2       c            Basil leaves - fresh,
                         -lightly packed
                         Crackers (your favorite)
 
   Calories     per serving:             Number of Servings:   0 Fat grams per
   serving:              Approx. Cook Time: Cholesterol per serving: Marks:
   
   *DIRECTIONS*
   
   BLANCHING TECHNIQUE: Bring 1-quart of water to boil. Submerge tomatoes in
   boiling water for 3 minutes to reconstitute. Take 4 aside and cut into
   strips.
   
   In a food processor, combine cream cheese, butter, Parmesan, olive oil and
   remaining sun-dried tomatoes.  Process until smooth. Place in refrigerator
   for about 30 minutes, or until firm enough to shape into a ball. Place
   cheese ball on a platter. Arrange basil leaves and reserved tomato strips
   around cheese ball like a sunburst. To serve, spread on your favorite
   crackers.
   
   Makes 2-1/2 cups.
   
   Recipe from Melissa’s brand Sun-dried Tomatoes.
   
   This recipe was called “Dried Tomato Dip” but I sure didn't see it as a dip
   so I renamed it.  I guess it could be a spread, but sure can't see
   “dipping” anything into this as it would be too stiff.
  
 
 
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