Tomato Basil Dip

filed under: Miscellaneous on December 9, 2010
Tomato Basil Dip
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins

I recently made this dip for a family get together. I knew that I loved the age old combination of tomatoes and basil, but didnt know how I was going to feel about all the cream cheese this recipe calls for.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tomato Basil Dip
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained
  • 2 3-ounce packages cream cheese, softened and divided
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 4 oz. container of pre-made pesto you can certainly make your own, the original recipe gives instructions for that!
  1. Beat 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Set aside.
  2. Process dried tomatoes in a food processor until chopped. Add 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, tomato paste, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Spoon into a bowl, and set aside.
  3. Spray a 6-inch springform pan with cooking spray. (I used a 6 inch cake pan lined with parchment)
  4. Spread 1/2 cup butter/cream cheese mixture evenly on bottom of springform pan/cake pan.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Layer with half of tomato mixture, 1/2 cup butter/cream cheese mixture, and half of basil mixture; top with 1/2 cup butter mixture. Repeat layers with remaining tomato mixture, 1/2 cup butter mixture, and remaining basil mixture.
  7. Make sure you refrigerate between each layer so they can properly set up.
  8. Top with remaining butter/cream cheese mixture. Cover with plastic wrap; chill at least 8 hours.
  9. Run a knife gently around edge of pan to loosen sides. Remove sides of pan; carefully remove bottom of pan, and place layered spread on a serving tray.

I recently made this dip for a family get together.  I knew that I loved the age old combination of tomatoes and basil, but didnt know how I was going to feel about all the cream cheese this recipe calls for.

I know.  I doubted cream cheese.

I should really get two lashes for that.



Turns out that this appetizer is delightfully rich and complex and decadent.

Paired with a perfectly toasted garlic oil infused French bread, it is so satisfying.



This recipe is from Southern Living.

It is slightly labor intensive, and you really need to refrigerate between each layer, but the ending result is definitely worth it.



Plus, it just so happens that this is perfect for Christmas…  white, green, and red!!

Hope you try it, and love it like we did!!

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  • Renee says:

    That looks pretty good! Might have to try it.

  • Shaina says:

    I love it…and it looks like a cream cheese and tomato basil cake. You posted something that wasn’t cake that still looks like cake. Ha.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet says:

    That is so beautiful. Surely something I would love!

  • Cookbook Queen says:

    You know that when people care about each other, they make each other fancy dip, right?
    I’ll be waiting for mine here in Arkansas. You can just mail it or whatever. 🙂

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Oh. My. Goodness Shaina.  You are SOOOO right!!  What a dork I am!!!

  • CM @ A Little Lilac says:

    Um, aren’t you on your way to Florida??? 😉
    That’s looks delish…and I don’t even like whole tomatoes OR basil! I know, I’m weird like that.

  • libby says:

    amaaaazing! looks so yummy. and FATTY! even better! ha

  • SMITH BITES says:

    it is also the color of the Italian flag . . . just in case you ever need that tidbit of information for your next party . . .

  • Diane {} says:

    Looks so pretty!

  • Alissa says:

    Your photos make anything look delicious!

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    Gorgeous…as always! I love the idea of this dip and the flavor combination sounds amazing!

  • naomi says:

    Okay, Cake Master gone savory-I love it, Amanda. Dang, I wish I was coming to your home for the holidays!
    Love right back at you! Be merry, be joyful and be blessed.

  • Jun says:

    So pretty. I’m also curious about this combo, guess have to try this soon.

  • TidyMom says:

    GORGEOUS Amanda!!!!! seriously…….how do you do it all?!

  • Nancy @SensitivePantry says:


  • marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    How can you take such a simple concept & make it so freakin fabulous!! Amazing. This is such a pretty & festive dip. Never doubt the cream cheese my friend 🙂 xo

  • Paula says:

    Such a pretty presentation!

  • Maria says:

    Great party dip!

  • ali @ an ordinary mom says:

    Wow, that’s just lovely! Like one of those things that’s almost too beautiful to eat…

  • SweetSugarBelle says:

    TOTALLY making this. Mouth watering. It won’t look like this but if it tastes as good as yours looks, I will be happy =)

  • abby says:

    YUM! Can’t wait to try this!!

  • Judith Norman says:

    Looks delicious. Of course, your photograpy skills are stellar. I’ve been trying to come up with a new dish for Christmas and I think this one might be it. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a great vacation.

  • janmary, n ireland says:

    Looks delicious – and I think it might just be worth all the effort!
    Hope you are your family are well – have not visited your blog in AGES!

  • Londa says:

    Everything you make is so pretty! Could you become a professional food photographer? (Your other pictures are amazing, too; but your food ones are just always perfect!)
    I think this would be delicious…in a few weeks when salty food doesn’t make my stomach turn! Ug!

  • Kristen says:

    That is such a unique and lovely dip! Love the presentation.