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Warm Broccoli Cheese Spread

 Warm Broccoli Cheese Spread
I cut this recipe out of a newspaper a year ago and decided to trim it down by substituting fat-free and reduced-fat ingredients. Whenever I make this for an occasion, I end up being asked for the recipe,—Patricia Moore, Toledo, Ohio
14 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • Reduced-fat wheat snack crackers


  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and salad dressing
  • mix until blended. Fold in the broccoli and 1-1/2 cups of cheese.
  • Spoon into a shallow 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining
  • cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve warm
  • with crackers.
  • Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
Nutritional Facts:Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1/4 cup spread, calculated without crackers) equals 96 calories, 5 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 287 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat.