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Colorful Christmas Pâté

Yield 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (4-ounce) package feta cheese
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, divided
  • 3/4 cup oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained

How to Make It

  1. Line a 2 1/2-cup mold or bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a 1" overhang around edges. Set aside.

  2. Beat cheeses at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; set aside. Combine basil and next 3 ingredients in container of an electric blender; add 2 cloves garlic. Cover and process until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides; remove from blender, and set aside.

  3. Combine tomatoes and remaining garlic clove in container of electric blender; process until smooth.

  4. Spoon one-third of cream cheese mixture into prepared mold, spreading evenly; spread with basil mixture. Spoon one-third of cream cheese mixture over basil mixture, spreading evenly; spread with tomato mixture. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture over tomato mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

  5. Unmold pâté onto a serving platter; peel off plastic wrap. Serve with baguette slices or assorted crackers.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999