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Rating: 4.67 stars
46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This is an incredible cheese spread. With the red of the sun-dried tomatoes and the green of the pesto, it makes for a beautiful Christmas appetizer. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and sprigs of basil and serve with crackers.

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Ingredients

52
Original recipe yields 52 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Chop the garlic in a food processor. Mix in basil, lemon juice, pine nuts and olive oil. Process until well blended. Mix in 1/3 cup cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. Blend using pulse setting until almost smooth. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.

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  • Coarsely chop sun-dried tomatoes in the food processor. Mix in tomato paste and 1/3 cup cream cheese. Blend until smooth.

  • Place 2 cups cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until fluffy. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Line dish with plastic wrap so that the wrap extends over sides of the dish.

  • Evenly spread 3/4 cup cream cheese and butter mixture in the prepared dish. Layer alternately with 1/2 the sun-dried tomato mixture, 1/2 cup cream cheese and butter mixture and 1/2 the pesto mixture. Repeat layering, topping with remaining cream cheese and butter mixture. Cover and chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight.

  • Carefully invert dish onto a platter and remove plastic to serve.

Nutrition Facts

83 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 1.5g; fat 8.2g; cholesterol 20.5mg; sodium 80.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
Although I did not get to try this myself, everyone raved about it at my party. I served it with an assortment of crackers and people kept asking me for the recipe. It's a nice mix of flavors. To save time and energy, I didn't do multiple layers of each thing - I only did one of each, so there were 3 layers in total. I put the dip right onto a charger - white on bottom, red in the middle, green on top. It eliminated the need for the baking dish/plastic wrap thing, which sounded like it could have been a disaster. I also didn't have time to let it sit for a while before serving, but it certainly didn't deter my guests. This was gone by the end of the night. It looked nice too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2006
Unlike others I did not enjoy making this recipe also find it expensive. It was tedious. I followed the directions exactly although halving it and I just did not find it tastey enough to go through all of the trouble again. Read More
(20)
46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
Although I did not get to try this myself, everyone raved about it at my party. I served it with an assortment of crackers and people kept asking me for the recipe. It's a nice mix of flavors. To save time and energy, I didn't do multiple layers of each thing - I only did one of each, so there were 3 layers in total. I put the dip right onto a charger - white on bottom, red in the middle, green on top. It eliminated the need for the baking dish/plastic wrap thing, which sounded like it could have been a disaster. I also didn't have time to let it sit for a while before serving, but it certainly didn't deter my guests. This was gone by the end of the night. It looked nice too. Read More
(29)
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2005
Very tasty and lovely creation. I had to give this 4 's due to its richness. I had my qualms when reading the nearly pound and a half of cream cheese and over a third of a pound of butter. However the reviews below won me over and I made it per the instructions. It was indeed enjoyed by myself & my guests. However it made so much for how much a person could actually eat of it. And I had 20 hungry people! I think a person could cut the amount of cream cheese/butter mixture in half and use light cream cheese to make this more of a snack food of which people could go back for more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2005
I made this recipe for my Christmas Party - I followed the instructions exactly - it was a hit! Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2005
This was very good. Instead of layering in a baking dish I choose to split the recipe and layer in bowls to give an "ornament" look. I then "decorated" the ornament with extra Pesto spread and added a Pesto "hook". It was very attractive and yummy! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2006
Unlike others I did not enjoy making this recipe also find it expensive. It was tedious. I followed the directions exactly although halving it and I just did not find it tastey enough to go through all of the trouble again. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2005
I made this for a holiday party with great success. The colors are perfect for Christmas. By mistake I didn't duplicate the layers and actually liked how it came out as you have a greater concentration of the colors. Have already had requests for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2005
MOST EXCELLENT! This spread is so full of flavor that it's sinful! A little goes a long way as well. I only made half the recipe to test it out and I can't wait to make it for a party. AWESOME! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2005
This is so good the first time I made it I was asked to make it again for the next get together. I have tried making it with store bought pesto and sun dried tomato spread and it wasn't quite as good or quite as attractive. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2005
Love it! Instead of crackers I use pita bread cut up into triangles. Read More
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