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Olive-Rice Cheese Spread

 Olive-Rice Cheese Spread
"My daughter, Amy, won a blue ribbon for this recipe at our town's Wild Rice Festival," writes Sandy tichy of Kelliher, Minnesota.
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 2 tablespoons diced carrot
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon sliced ripe olives
  • 1 tablespoon sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salad
  • dressing, basil and pepper until smooth. Stir in the rice, carrot,
  • chives and olives.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1
  • hour. Just before serving, top with almonds. Yield: 2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 85 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 113 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon

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or Pinot Grigio.