Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 pound cream cheese, softened

  2. 4 tablespoons butter, softened

  3. 3/4 cup basil pesto

  4. 1/2 pound Provolone, thinly sliced

  5. 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

  6. 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, and cut into 3 x 3/8 inch strips

  7. 1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. : Mix cream cheese and butter with a fork. Add pesto and mix well. Line a small (3 cup) loaf pan or bowl with plastic wrap, leaving several inches of overhang on each side. Make a thin layer of provolone slices on the bottom and partially up the sides. Spread 1/3 of the pesto mixture over the cheese. Artistically arrange 2 or 3 sun-dried tomatoes, 4 to 6 bell pepper strips and about 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts over the pesto. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, reserving some of the pine nuts to sprinkle on top, pressing down well between layers. Chill overnight or for several days. Serve at room temperature on a platter wreathed with fresh basil sprigs. Additional toasted pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes cut into flowers, red bell pepper strips and fresh basil sprigs may be used as garnish.


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