Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Cheese Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Cheese Spread

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"This is an incredible cheese spread. With the red of the sun-dried tomatoes and the green of the pesto, it makes for a beautiful Christmas appetizer. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and sprigs of basil and serve with crackers."

Ingredients

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 83 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.5g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 81 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Chop the garlic in a food processor. Mix in basil, lemon juice, pine nuts and olive oil. Process until well blended. Mix in 1/3 cup cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. Blend using pulse setting until almost smooth. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.
  2. Coarsely chop sun-dried tomatoes in the food processor. Mix in tomato paste and 1/3 cup cream cheese. Blend until smooth.
  3. Place 2 cups cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until fluffy. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Line dish with plastic wrap so that the wrap extends over sides of the dish.
  5. Evenly spread 3/4 cup cream cheese and butter mixture in the prepared dish. Layer alternately with 1/2 the sun-dried tomato mixture, 1/2 cup cream cheese and butter mixture and 1/2 the pesto mixture. Repeat layering, topping with remaining cream cheese and butter mixture. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight.
  6. Carefully invert dish onto a platter and remove plastic to serve.
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Although I did not get to try this myself, everyone raved about it at my party. I served it with an assortment of crackers and people kept asking me for the recipe. It's a nice mix of flavors....

Very tasty and lovely creation. I had to give this 4 *'s due to its richness. I had my qualms when reading the nearly pound and a half of cream cheese and over a third of a pound of butter. H...

I made this recipe for my Christmas Party - I followed the instructions exactly - it was a hit! Thanks for a great recipe.