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Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive and Cheese Sampler

Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 16 servings
Prep Time: 30 min.
Chilling Time: 1 hr.

Ingredients:

  • 4 - ounces (1 cup) Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 - cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 - package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 - Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves*
  • 1/2 - teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 3 - Tablespoons Olivada Spread (see below)
  • 1/2 - cup drained halved sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 - cup toasted pine nuts
  • Fresh basil leaves, if desired
  • Crackers

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, 2 tablespoons basil and pepper.
  2. Spread cheese mixture into 6-inch circle in center of 9-inch serving plate.
  3. Top with Olivada Spread and sun-dried tomatoes; sprinkle with pine nuts.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
  5. Garnish with basil; serve with crackers.

* Substitute 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves.

Olivada Spread

Ingredients:

  • 1 - can (6-ounce) pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1 - Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 - Tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 - Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 - teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a food processor bowl, place olives, lemon juice, oil, vinegar, and pepper.
  2. Cover and process on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds or until well mixed.
  3. Cover and store refrigerated.

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