A Dip I Once Made for Thanksgiving

November 6, 2011

As if I wasn’t already having a hard enough time finding time to write a decent post, I just, five seconds ago, got this error message:

“Your attempt to edit this post ** has failed.”

Whole post.  Photos, text, recipe.  It was a decent post, not one of my best.  I’m not going to re-create it.  Here is the short version – I once made this dip for Thanksgiving.  Roasted red peppers and cilantro don’t scream fall harvest dinner to me now but I thought it sounded good then and I was right.  This is a dip that people go crazy for – just serve it with pita chips.  And now, I’m just going to share the recipe and the photos.  This is a great dip.  You should make it.  People love it.  The end.

Roasted Pepper, Almond, and Cilantro Pesto
Adapted from Food & Wine
Makes about 2 cups

1 14-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. smoked paprika
½ tsp. chile powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup blanched almonds, roughly chopped

Place everything except the almonds in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.  Pulse until everything is well combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse again.  Add the almonds and pulse until smooth and combined.  (The pesto can be made up to four days ahead.  Cover and refrigerate.)


  1. Uggggg. how frustrating!!! But thanks for sharing this yummy post with us!

    Comment by Leslie — November 6, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  2. This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by the wicked noodle — November 6, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  3. don’t you love when that happens? and you’re just sitting there going wtf?
    and then all inspiration is lost.
    but at least you got a good photo.

    Comment by vanillasugarblog — November 6, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  4. First — much compassion on the topic of “losing” blog posts. Never happens at a good time, and it’s always the posts you think were going to be just awesome. But, hey — sentiment is still there, and I’m excited about this recipe!

    Was just thinking that it’s about time I update my dips & spreads repertoire. As popular as our “usuals” are, it’s always a pleasure to try something new — especially when it comes so highly recommended.

    Comment by lo — November 7, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  5. Ugh…I HATE it when that happens! I can never recreate the life in the post anyway, so it’s best to just start over. And sometimes concise is the way to go…this dips does sound yummy.

    Comment by Joanne — November 7, 2011 @ 5:47 am

  6. Oh.my.god. I can’t imagine how frustrating that would be! I’d be ready to throw my computer out the window. I’m glad we got to see this dip, though! I like that it’s vegan.

    Comment by Clara — November 7, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

  7. If you use Firefox, try this:

    (there’s probably an equivalent for other browsers)

    Comment by Yariv — November 7, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  8. That’s frustrating to lose your post! This dip sounds super flavourful, which I love.

    Comment by Ashley — November 7, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

  9. Hey Dana – thanks for posting this, you reminded me to check out your Thanksgiving tab since I need some ideas for this year! I hope all is well!

    Comment by Monique — November 8, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

  10. […] 1) Always have to appreciate a good looking dip: Roasted Pepper, Almond and Coriander Dip* […]

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  11. I made this for my holiday cookie swap. It was a total hit! This recipe was requested more than any of the cookie recipes! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Comment by Lindsey — December 27, 2011 @ 2:31 am

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