If you're looking for an incredibly flavorful holiday appetizer that will be a hit, then look no further than this pesto cheese blossom!
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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.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 131kcal
Author Stefani

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce package sliced provolone cheese
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/20 of a blossom | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Sugar: 1g