Creamy Spanish Dip

Creamy cheese plus crunchy almonds and spicy crushed red pepper equals one delicious dip appetizer. Try it with blanched asparagus and cooked shrimp.

  • Prep Time 0 min
  • Total Time 0 min
  • Servings 0


cup slivered almonds, toasted
cup roasted red bell peppers (from 7-ounce jar), drained and chopped
teaspoon crushed red pepper
cup garlic-and-herb spreadable cheese (from 4- or 6.5-ounce container)
cup chili sauce
to 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 Place almonds in food processor bowl; cover and process 10 to 15 seconds or until finely ground. Add roasted peppers and crushed red pepper; cover and process about 10 seconds or until finely ground. Add cheese, chili sauce and 1 tablespoon of the milk; cover and process about 10 seconds or until well mixed. Add remaining 1 tablespoon milk if needed for dipping consistency.

Expert Tips

To toast nuts, which brings out their flavor, cook in an ungreased heavy skillet over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until browning begins. Then, stir constantly until golden brown.

This flavorful dip is based on romesco, a classic Spanish sauce served with fish and poultry, which includes almonds, red bell pepper, tomato, onion and garlic as hallmark ingredients.