Creamy Roasted Garlic and Greens Dip


1 garlic

1 tablespoon sunflower oil

1⁄2 teaspoon salt, divided

2 cups mixed greens

1⁄2 cup cream cheese

1⁄2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1⁄2 ml cayenne pepper


1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Trim top of garlic head to expose cloves. Arrange, cut side up, in centre of 10-inch (25 cm) square of foil; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Fold foil over and seal edges to make packet. Place on baking sheet. Bake until tender and golden; about 45 minutes. Unwrap; let cool 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, pulse frozen greens in food processor until finely chopped. Scrape into fine mesh strainer set over large bowl. Set aside.

3. Wipe out food processor and squeeze in garlic cloves. Add cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, black pepper, cayenne pepper and remaining salt; pulse just until smooth, stopping to scrape down bowl if necessary. Transfer to separate large bowl.

4. Press greens with back of spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard liquid. Stir greens into cream cheese mixture until well combined.

Chef's tip: To soften cream cheese quickly, cut into cubes and arrange in a single layer on a plate. Let stand at room temperature until soft enough for your finger to make an indent in the cream cheese when gently pressed.

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