Jamie says: Have you ever heard of a sardine party?! I hadn’t, until I was invited to my first sardine party at the VA hospital by a couple of dietitians. I quickly learned it’s an informal event that occurs randomly, about once a week. I had never tried sardines before, so I was very excited about this event. One dietitian brought a few cans of sardines and everyone contributed something to go along with the lunch. We cleared off a desk and spread out our feast- sardines in oil, sardines in red sauce, bread, salad with home-made dressing, olives, and my Garlicky Sun-Dried Tomato Bean Spread. It was so much fun! And as dietitians and future dietitians, it was also good to know our feast was heart-healthy (sardines are a good source of omega 3s).
Garlicky Sun-Dried Tomato Bean Spread
- 1/2 bulb garlic
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 15.5-oz can chick peas
- 2 Tbsp smoked sun dried tomatoes, Julienne cut
- 1/4 tsp parsley
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice the top off of the half bulb of garlic. Place on aluminum foil. Drizzle 1 tsp olive oil (reserving 2 tsp) on top of cut bulb. Replace top of garlic bulb on garlic. Pull corners of aluminum foil up and pinch together at the top. Cook in the oven for 45 minutes or until garlic is soft and fragrant. Remove from oven, open aluminum foil, and allow garlic to cool (until it is cool enough to handle). Squeeze cloves of garlic from bulb onto aluminum foil.
- Rinse and drain chick peas. Add to a small food processor along with garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes, and reserved two teaspoons of olive oil. Pulse, stir with a spatula, and pulse again until well-blended.
- Scoop spread into a container with a lid. Press flat using the spatula. Sprinkle parsley on top. Place lid on container and refrigerate until cool. Serving suggestion: spread on bread. Serves: 4. Enjoy!
Very flavorful! I like the smokey and roasted garlic flavors. This works better as a spread than a dip since it did not hold together too well.
- Nutrition note: Share healthy foods with friends. By eating a variety of foods you can get more nutrients into your diet.