Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Garlicky Basil Cheese Spread

Since the Superbowl is this Sunday, and people often gather and eat snacky foods when the Superbowl is on, I thought for the rest of this week I would post a few of my favorite party snacks. First up, Garlicky Basil Cheese Spread. This is really easy to throw together, looks pretty, and everyone loves it. Plus, it is much cheaper than the pre-made ones they sell in the grocery stores. This recipe is based on one I saw on the Kitchen Parade website several years ago.

Garlicky Basil Cheese Spread

2-3 Garlic Cloves (More if you REALLY like garlic)
1/4 Cup Loosely Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 Cup Walnuts or Pine Nuts
1/2 Grated Parmesan Cheese
8 Ounces Neuchatel Cheese

Pulse the garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the basil and pulse 2 or 3 times, then add the nuts and process until finely chopped. Don't process too long, or you will get garlic and basil flavored nut butter! Add the cheeses and process until smooth. Serve with crackers, cut up veggies, and/or french bread.

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