Monday, February 13, 2012

Pesto Cheese Blossoms

1 (8-ounce) package sliced provolone cheese
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
20 pistachios, shelled
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 ounces 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, pistachios, 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, pine nuts, 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 some 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 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. Remove the plastic wrap and invert the mold onto a serving platter. Serve with party crackers. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months

This recipe came from my friend Sheri Commons. Absolutely delicious. Thank you Sheri.
Recipe is from Paula Deen.

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  1. This looks so beautiful & sounds so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe @ Things That Make You Say Mmmmm!

  2. This recipe looks great and so do all the others on your blog. I just became a follower and found you through the Flock Together blog hop.

  3. Welcome CJAY Mom and thank you for following. You have a cute site and I followed you back. Have a great week.

  4. this looks SO amazing, I just love it! I am sure it so YUMMY too! I just wanted to say thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday and to let you know I will be featuring you this coming party! Stop by and grab a featured button!

  5. This looks like a perfect party food. I am passing it over to my daughter that does tons of showers etc. In fact, I think I will make it for an upcoming shower. It is so festive looking. thanks for sharing it.

  6. What an AMAZING recipe,thank you so much for sharing this with us on Natural Mothers Network!
    I am really looking forward to the Seasonal Celebration Linky Party #5 going live tomorrow morning and hope you'll pop over sometime-you're always so welcome! Have a great weekend!
    Rebecca x


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