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Basil Parmesan Spread


"Serve this yummy, zingy dip with crackers or bread at your next party. An exciting basil, Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomato paste mixture is spread inside creamy cheese layers. It's best when chilled overnight before serving."
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1 h 20 m servings 260 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings


  • Calories:
  • 260 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 23.1 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.2g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 10.1 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 628 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. In a food processor, blend the spinach, basil and garlic. Gradually mix in the olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Process until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Blend cream cheese and feta cheese in a medium bowl.
  3. Line a separate medium bowl with plastic wrap. Spread 1/2 the cream cheese mixture in the bowl. Top with sun-dried tomato paste and the spinach mixture. Cover with remaining cream cheese mixture. Pat together, cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving. Flip out of the plastic lined bowl onto a medium serving dish to serve.

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  1. 46 Ratings

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Ach - who'd want to mix everything together? It'd look and taste a sorry mess! Made as directed, it looks and tastes spectacular, and is easy easy easy. It's not for wimpy palates though: th...

Most helpful critical review

I thought this was horrible. It looked neat for presentation, but the taste was way too out there.

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Ach - who'd want to mix everything together? It'd look and taste a sorry mess! Made as directed, it looks and tastes spectacular, and is easy easy easy. It's not for wimpy palates though: th...

I love this recipe. It's pretty and tasty and easy to prepare. One substitution we like is to put chopped, roasted red peppers in place of the tomato layer. Also, chopped walnuts pressed on t...

We served this at my sister's bridal shower and it was a hit! It was easy and tastes as good as it smells!

Very good and very easy -- it got rave reviews. I used sun-dried tomato pesto (I think Classico makes it, with the jarred pasta sauce) -- and I agree with other posters -- just wouldn't be the ...

I was at first worried that it wouldn't pop out of the bowl properly but I've made it 3 times without a problem! I've never been able to find sundried tomato paste, but I just cut them up or thr...

Wow!! I don't measure the basil/spinach so I usually end up with more mixture - I break out the cheese to make two balls and serve with the small round rice crackers from trader joes. My guest...

I just made this to chill overnight, and I already know I am going to LOVE it! I couldn't find sun dried tomato paste so I used sun dried tomato pesto instead!

Cartha, what a wonderful recipe. My family says I am not allowed to come to the party unless I bring the dip! I have made this for every party and always get great comments. For the sun dried t...

The fresh basil gave the spread a strong flavor. Although it was a good taste, the next time I will add a bit more of the sun dried tomato mixture.