Warm Italiano Spread

Warm Italiano Spread

KRAFT Shredded Cheese 0

"This appetizer is a showstopper - it's hard to believe it tastes even better than it looks!"

Ingredients 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings

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  1. Heat barbecue to medium heat.
  2. Place cream cheese spread on 8-inch square sheet of heavy-duty foil; top with pesto, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Place on barbecue grate.
  3. Grill 8 to 10 min. or until shredded cheese is melted and cream cheese is softened, but still holding its shape.
  4. Serve with crackers.
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  • How to Prepare in Your Oven: Prepare this recipe year-round by baking in a 375 degrees F-oven 12 to 14 min. or until shredded cheese is melted and cream cheese spread is softened, but still holding its shape.
  • Substitute: No heavy-duty foil on hand? Just use a double-layer of regular foil instead.
  • Nutrition Information Per Serving: 170 calories, 10g total fat, 4.0 g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fibre, 1g sugars, 5g protein, 6%DV vitamin A, 2%DV vitamin C, 6%DV calcium, 8%DV iron.
  • Recipe nutrition information prepared by Food to Facts for KRAFT Canada Inc.
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  1. 18 Ratings


This is one of my new favorite appetizers! I had a small crock (about 6" by 4") that I put the cream cheese in and spread it to the edges. I didn't bake it - just put it in the microwave. It was a big hit! I will definitely make it again!


Very, very good. We used a little more pesto and baked it in the oven. The only drawback is once the pesto on top is eaten, you are left with a good bit of cream cheese. I think I will slice it, then top it so it goes down into the block.

Sarah Jo

This is excellent as spread on pita bread or cooked and cooled crescent roll dough as a base for a cold summer pizza, too. All you do is just combine the softened cream cheese and pesto and spread on which ever dough you choose, then proceed with your choice of toppings.