Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

This is a terrific appetizer to serve when hosting an Italian-theme-meal. People may be a little hesitant to try it, but once they dip in, they won't be able to stop!


1 1/2 cups


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons olive oil
assorted crackers


Line a 5 3/4" x 3" x 2" loaf pan with plastic wrap. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and garlic powder until blended; set aside.

In a bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, butter, parsley, garlic, basil and marjoram until blended. Stir in walnuts. Gradually stir in oil.

Spread about 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture in prepared pan. Carefully spread with a third of the Parmesan mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cream cheese mixture.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours. Unmold; serve with crackers.

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