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Hot Pastrami Spread

 Hot Pastrami Spread
I first tasted this at a church party a few years ago. Everyone raves about it and the dish is always scraped clean. You can also serve the savory spread with bite-sized bagel pieces.
28 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 packages (2-1/2 ounces each) thinly sliced pastrami, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • Thinly sliced pumpernickel bread and light rye bread

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir
  • in pastrami and green pepper.
  • Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans if
  • desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until
  • heated though and edges are bubbly.
  • Cut out bread with a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter if desired. Serve
  • with spread. Yield: About 3-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 41 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 53 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.