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Pesto spread, pesto spread on bread slices

How to make a pesto, sundried tomato, and cream cheese spread appetizer

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato, and Cream Cheese Spread is an easy make-ahead appetizer.  It is a hit every time!


  • 8-ounces 1/3 reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced, well-drained sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil


  1.  Line a 2 cup mini-loaf pan, bowl, or ramekin with plastic wrap.  Leave a 3-4" overhang.  
  2. Combine cream cheese and goat cheese in a food processor or mixer until well blended and smooth.  
  3. Drop 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of the plastic-lined container and spread with the back of a small metal spoon that has been dipped in water.
  4. Spread half of the pesto over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 of the walnuts on the pesto.
  6. Arrange 1/2 of the tomatoes over the walnuts.
  7. Drop 1/2 of the remaining cream cheese mixture on tomatoes and spread to cover them completely. 
  8. Repeat layering with remaining pesto, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and cream cheese mixture.
  9. Fold the plastic overhang over the spread.  
  10. Refrigerate overnight.
  11. To serve:  Unfold the plastic wrap and invert the spread onto a serving plate.  Remove the container and plastic wrap.
  12. Allow the spread to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  13. Serve with toasted or plain French bread slices, crackers, carrots, cucumber slices, or mini bell pepper halves.  


  1.   Drain the pesto to prevent the oil from "bleeding" onto the sides of the spread.
  2.   Drain and, using a paper towel, pat the sun-dried tomatoes to absorb excess oil.  Blotting the oil will prevent it from leaking out onto the sides of the spread.
    Sun-dried tomatoes on paper towel
  3.    Use a small metal spoon dipped in water to spread the cream cheese. 


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 73
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 134.2 mg
  • Fat: 6.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.7 mg

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