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Herbed Garlic Cheese Dip

 Herbed Garlic Cheese Dip
Served with chilled beverages and bite-size vegetables, my garden-fresh dip makes a simple yet surprisingly elegant beginning to any meal.—Josephine D. Piro, Easton, Pennsylvania
21 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 20 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1-2/3 cups crumbled farmer cheese (about 14 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

  • Place garlic in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until softened. Drain
  • and rinse in cold water; peel garlic. Place in a food processor.
  • Add the farmer cheese, basil, cream cheese, oil, onions, parsley,
  • water, rosemary and cayenne; cover and process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a small bowl; chill until serving. Serve with
  • vegetables.
  • Yield: 2-2/3 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons (calculated without vegetables) equals 60 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 19 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 fat.