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Hot Pastrami Spread

I first tasted this at a church party a few years ago. Everyone raves about it and the dish is always scraped clean. You can also serve the savory spread with bite-sized bagel pieces. —Arlene Wilson, Center Barnstead, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    About 3-1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 packages (2-1/2 ounces each) thinly sliced pastrami, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • Thinly sliced pumpernickel bread and light rye bread

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in pastrami and green pepper.
  • Transfer to a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans if desired. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated though and edges are bubbly.
  • Cut out bread with a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter if desired. Serve with spread.

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