1/2 cup roasted red peppers, store-bought or freshly roasted, patted very dry
1 small garlic clove, minced or put through a press
8 ounces Neufchatel cheese (light cream cheese), at room temperature
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt to taste
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
Process the peppers and garlic in a food processor just until very finely chopped.
Add the Neufchatel and lemon juice and process just until smooth. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, then stir in the salt, parsley and basil. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
Serve with cucumber rounds or crostini.
Note: Lemlin suggests piping spread onto cucumber rounds: Place spread in a pastry bag with a large star tube. Keeping the skin on, slice an English cucumber into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Pat them dry with paper towels. Pipe a thick row of the spread on each slice. Garnish the top of the row with a parsley leaf.
2 large red or yellow bell peppers
1 small onion, quartered
3-4 cloves garlic
8 ounce package light cream cheese (don’t use fat-free)
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro (or to taste)
fresh ground black pepper
PLACE peppers, onion, and garlic on a foil-lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with oil. Bake at 450 F for approximately 20 minutes or until peppers are blistered, turning peppers as needed.
PLACE peppers in a small paper or plastic zip-top bag; seal and let stand 15 minutes to loosen skins. Peel peppers; remove seeds. Puree peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, and cream cheese in food processor. Season with coarse salt & fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve with an assortment of raw veggies.