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Layered Pesto Cheese Spread Recipe
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Layered Pesto Cheese Spread Recipe

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Guests won't be able to pass up this unique spread. In fact, the pesto and cheese combination will have them coming back for more! —Denise Hruz, Germantown, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 jar (3-1/2 ounces) prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • Assorted crackers or baked pita chips

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers or pita chips) equals 116 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. Line a 3-cup bowl with plastic wrap; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. In another bowl, combine pesto and Parmesan cheese. Layer half of the cream cheese mixture, pesto mixture and sun-dried tomatoes in prepared bowl. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Unmold onto a serving plate. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Layered Pesto Cheese Spread in Taste of Home October/November 2010, p47

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers or pita chips) equals 116 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

Very easy to make- a huge hit at a football party. Great with pita chips.

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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

This is now a family favorite! We make a few at a time, and put them in the freezer, so that we we need to take something to a party, we grab it and a bag of pita chips, ane we are ready to go!

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

Yummy appetizer, especially if you use homemade pesto. Sometimes I prepare the cheese base, spread on a platter adn top with cocktail sauce and cooked shrimp.

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

I actually lost the original recipe, so was going on memory - made it with only the sundried tomatoes, pesto & cream cheese - everyone loved it as is, but will definitely try it the way it was meant to be next time.

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

Simple to prepare and delicious. I substituted sun-dried tomato pesto for the tomatoes. Gone in a flash!

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