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Warm Italiano Spread Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Warm Italiano Spread

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"This appetizer is a showstopper - it's hard to believe it tastes even better than it looks!"

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Original recipe makes 1 -1/2 cups spread Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Heat barbecue to medium heat.
  2. Place cream cheese spread on 8-inch square sheet of heavy-duty foil; top with pesto, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Place on barbecue grate.
  3. Grill 8 to 10 min. or until shredded cheese is melted and cream cheese is softened, but still holding its shape.
  4. Serve with crackers.
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  • How to Prepare in Your Oven: Prepare this recipe year-round by baking in a 375 degrees F-oven 12 to 14 min. or until shredded cheese is melted and cream cheese spread is softened, but still holding its shape.
  • Substitute: No heavy-duty foil on hand? Just use a double-layer of regular foil instead.
  • Nutrition Information Per Serving: 170 calories, 10g total fat, 4.0 g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fibre, 1g sugars, 5g protein, 6%DV vitamin A, 2%DV vitamin C, 6%DV calcium, 8%DV iron.
  • Recipe nutrition information prepared by Food to Facts for KRAFT Canada Inc.

Reviews More Reviews

Aug 31, 2011

This is one of my new favorite appetizers! I had a small crock (about 6" by 4") that I put the cream cheese in and spread it to the edges. I didn't bake it - just put it in the microwave. It was a big hit! I will definitely make it again!

Aug 19, 2011

Very, very good. We used a little more pesto and baked it in the oven. The only drawback is once the pesto on top is eaten, you are left with a good bit of cream cheese. I think I will slice it, then top it so it goes down into the block.

Jul 29, 2011

This is excellent as spread on pita bread or cooked and cooled crescent roll dough as a base for a cold summer pizza, too. All you do is just combine the softened cream cheese and pesto and spread on which ever dough you choose, then proceed with your choice of toppings.

Jan 29, 2012

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good! I make a similar dip with salsa, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese and it's always a huge hit so I knew this one would be amazing! I made some homemade pita chips coated with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, ground black pepper, onion/garlic powder, & parmesan cheese to go with ours and it was delish! For those of you who are having trouble with the amount of pesto versus the amount of cream cheese, I have a solution for you. The dip that I make that is similar to this I let my cream cheese soften, then I take a round baking dish lined with foil, put the block in the middle, and spread it around the pan by smashing it with a rubber spatula. Spread your topping on and cover with the cheese and each bite has the same amount of cream cheese and topping. Hope this helps!! :)

Jul 30, 2011

Fast and easy appetizer. If you have already have the coals hot, this one will please your guests.

Sep 15, 2011

Even though this recipe seems too simple to be true, it is so so good. Takes 5 minutes to make but the result is delicious and gourmet. I made it in the oven and I can't wait to try it on a grill.

Nov 16, 2011

I hate pesto..so I don't know why I made this. But it was sooooooo good I couldn't stop eating it! Amazing!

Oct 23, 2011

Wow! So quick, so easy! Everyone loved it and I wouldn't change a thing! Thanks again for the great addition to my recipe box!


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