Sun-dried tomato spread

My sun dried tomato hunt in Erbil failed. It is nearly impossible to get them in Kurdistan. Even large supermarkets like Carrefour don’t bother to import them. Hence, I decided to purchase this unique ingredient in Amman and simply take it with me.

Sun-dried tomato spread is a simple dish that can be used in so many different ways. You can have it with fresh bread, but it will also work great as chicken or fish stuffing/marinade. Served with some goat cheese it’s perfect for pasta. I like adding some roasted almonds and fresh herbs for additional twist.



Sun-dried tomato spread


handful of sun dried tomatoes (about 300 g without olive oil)

3 gloves of garlic

1/4 cup olive oil (you can use the one they are soaked in)

handful of roasted almonds, crushed

fresh herbs of your choice: rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme



  1. If you’re using tomatoes that were soaked in olive oil simply put all the ingredients in a blender (except of almonds and herbs) and mix until smooth.
  2. Add finely chopped herbs and stir in crushed almonds.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.


If you’re using dried tomatoes that were not soaked in olive oil – soak them in hot water, cover and put aside for 30 minutes. After this time transfer to blender.




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