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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

This creamy, bubbly appetizer spread is sure to please. Baked to a golden brown, it gets its richness from cream cheese and mayonnaise. —Valerie Elkinton, Gardner, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    28 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped roasted sweet red peppers
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Assorted crackers


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion and garlic until blended. Stir in tomatoes and red peppers. Stir in mozzarella cheese, Italian cheese blend and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, until edges are bubbly and lightly browned, 18-22 minutes or until edges are bubbly and lightly browned. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 244 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 382mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Debglass11
    Apr 23, 2019

    Run, don't walk, to make this creamy spread for your next gathering. Every rich and cheesy bite is so delicious.....wonderful on your favorite crackers. Made it for Easter and people devoured it. Followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect. I can't say enough about this dip.....I could eat it with a spoon! Definitely something that will appear on my appetizer table time and time again.

  • bmarana
    Dec 21, 2015

    The best!! Requested for Christmas Eve every year. . I serve with pita chips. Makes a lot so if smaller crowd could make 1/2 recipe.

  • fascinator
    Feb 28, 2015

    This is amazing. I only make half the recipe. I have also put it in my little slow cooker to warm up instead of in the oven.

  • aam93
    May 26, 2014

    This is always a favorite for guests and so easy to make

  • sgronholz
    Mar 2, 2014

    This recipe is wonderful! I did cut it in half and use an 8x8-inch pan, which worked better for my husband and me. I also added a tablespoon of homemade pesto...yum! The next time I'm asked to take an appetizer to a family gathering, this is what I'll be making!

  • piehlar
    Aug 8, 2013

    Enjoyed this at a friend's last night. Enjoyed by all ages. Searched for the recipe as it was so good I want to take it to a potluck. Would not change a thing!

  • christycincy
    Jun 19, 2013

    I did not read the previous reviews before making and was surprised at how much it made. Very delicious. My boyfriend kept sampling the cold mixture as I was making it and suggested that we try it cold without the cheese some other time that we make it.

  • Appy_Girl
    May 11, 2013

    Made just 1/2 of this recipe last night. It's very good. I agree it does make a huge amount. I would also suggest cutting back on some of the mayonnaise. I switched the mozzarella cheese for a Italian blend and I added additional chopped up sun_dried tomatoes. Its an excellent spread. Very eye appealing and will compliment many types of crackers. It's even better the next day.

  • KmMcK
    Oct 25, 2012

    Mostly cheese so it didn't have much flavor to it.

  • Live Laugh Love
    Sep 20, 2012

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