Jillie's Pesto Cheese Dip

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
6 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Basil Pesto:
  • 2 tablespoons lightly toasted walnut pieces
  • 1 cup tightly packed cleaned basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Pesto Cheese Dip:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup Basil Pesto
  • Crackers, bagel chips, or tortilla chips, for serving
Directions
  • Combine all the ingredients for the Basil Pesto in a blender and process on high speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days.

  • Pesto Cheese Dip:

  • Place the cream cheese on a decorative microwave-proof plate, and microwave, uncovered, on high until it begins to melt slightly, about 15 seconds.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the cream cheese from the microwave and spoon the Basil Pesto evenly over it.

  • Return plate to the microwave and cook, uncovered, on high until the pesto is just warm but still thick, 5 to 10 seconds.

  • Remove the dip from the microwave and serve with crackers or chips of your choice.


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