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Pesto Cheese Wreath

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Pesto cheese wreath is a lovely cheesy preparation that can be served as a side or a dip for parties. It is made with cream cheese and mayonnaise combined together and spooned into ring mold, with red pepper and parsley basil pesto topping, finished with another layer of cheese. chilled and unmolded it can be served with dippers of choice.
Ingredients
  Parsley basil pesto 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Adjust Quantity As Needed)
  Cream cheese 24 Ounce, softened (3 Packages, 8 Ounce Each)
  Mayonnaise 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Whipping cream/Half and half 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Onion salt 1 Teaspoon
  Chopped roasted red peppers/Pimiento 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), drained
  Pimiento strips 4 (For Garnish)
  Flat leafed parsley leaves 4 (Italian, For Garnish)
  Assorted crackers 1 Dozen (For Serving)
  Cut up vegetables 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (For Serving)
Directions

Prepare Parsley-Basil Pesto; set aside.
Beat cream cheese and mayonnaise in medium bowl until smooth; beat in whipping cream, sugar and onion salt.
Line 5-cup ring mold with plastic wrap.
Spoon half the cheese mixture into prepared mold; spread evenly.
Spread Parsley-Basil Pesto evenly over cheese mixture; top with chopped red peppers.
Spoon remaining cheese mixture over peppers; spread evenly.
Cover; refrigerate until cheese mixture is firm, 8 hours or overnight.
Uncover mold; invert onto serving plate.
Carefully remove plastic wrap.
Smooth top and sides of wreath with spatula.
Garnish with pimiento strips and parsley leaves, if desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Chilling
Occasion: 
Christmas
Ingredient: 
Cheese

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