I have been making this appetizer ever since it first appeared. Fabulous, fabulous. I make it after I make all my pesto in Sept. which I freeze in 1 c containers reserving 2 c. Then I make 2 batches of this recipe--1 c of reserved pesto ea batch--in loaf dishes, cutting each in half when set up and freezing all four giving me four go-to appetizers throughout the year. I serve it w/ bagel chips. Everyone asks for this recipe, even my friend, a cooking school instructor. Leftovers good melted on pasta. I buy all ingredients at Costco.
Layered Sun-dried-Tomato-and-Basil Spread
Make this festive top-rated holiday dip recipe up to 3 days before the party. The colorful layers make it a fun addition to any appetizer buffet.
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Chill: 8 Hours
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/3 cups sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
- 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened and divided
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh basil
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Vegetable cooking spray
- Garnishes: fresh rosemary sprigs, sun-dried tomatoes
- Crackers or baguette slices
- Beat 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Set aside.
- Process dried tomatoes in a food processor until chopped. Add 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, tomato paste, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; process until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Spoon into a bowl, and set aside. Wipe container of food processor clean.
- Process garlic and next 4 ingredients in food processor until chopped. Add Parmesan cheese, remaining 3-ounce package cream cheese, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; pulse just until blended, stopping to scrape down sides.
- Spray a 6-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cup butter mixture evenly on bottom of springform pan. Layer with half of tomato mixture, 1/2 cup butter mixture, and half of basil mixture; top with 1/2 cup butter mixture. Repeat layers with remaining tomato mixture, 1/2 cup butter mixture, and remaining basil mixture. Top with remaining butter mixture. Cover with plastic wrap; chill at least 8 hours.
- Run a knife gently around edge of pan to loosen sides. Remove sides of pan; carefully remove bottom of pan, and place layered spread on a serving tray. Garnish, if desired. Serve with crackers or baguette slices.
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