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Layered Pesto Cheese Spread

 Layered Pesto Cheese Spread
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
20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

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

Directions

  • Line a 3-cup bowl with plastic wrap; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Unmold onto a serving plate. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
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.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.