Holiday Pesto Cheese Blossom
This pesto cheese blossom is a delicious, flavorful blend of cheese, garlic, pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes! Great as an appetizer and will "Wow!" your guests.
8-ounce package sliced provolone cheese
8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
fresh basil leaves
fresh parsley leaves
freshly ground pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
Line a medium bowl with plastic wrap, leaving enough overhang to cover the top.
Reserving 3 slices of the provolone, line the bottom and sides of the bowl with the remaining provolone, overlapping the slices.
For the cream cheese layer, process the cream cheese and 1 of the garlic cloves in a food processor until blended; scrape the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
For the pesto layer, process the basil, parsley and the remaining garlic clove in the food processor until blended.
Dissolve the salt and pepper in the olive oil and mix well.
With the machine running, add the oil in a fine stream.
Scrape this mixture into a second bowl and set aside.
For the tomato layer, drain the tomatoes, reserving the oil.
Puree the tomatoes with a small amount of the reserved oil in a food processor.
Spread about 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture over the cheese slices lining the bowl.
Layer the pesto mixture, half of the remaining cream cheese mixture, the sun-dried tomato mixture, and then the remaining cream cheese mixture in the bowl.
Cover with the remaining provolone.
Bring the edges of the plastic wrap together over the top and secure with a twist tie.
Freeze until firm - about an hour.
Remove the plastic wrap and invert the mold onto a serving platter.
Serve with party crackers.
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