Cream cheese appetizer

Who would have thought that DENTAL FLOSS would work so well, making this fine Christmas appetizer?

Yes, I made this amazing Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Spread in Chicago this last August when I was on the Kraft Foods Blogging Tour. And I’ve been saving it to share with you until now, as it’s a PERFECT Christmas appetizer.

It’s tasty.
It’s festive-looking.
It’s easy.
Everyone loves Cream Cheese!

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So, with these great tips in mind, and my buddies Silvia and Marianne from Kraft Foods, who helped us along, here’s the fabulous recipe! And if you want to watch how to make it, you can, here.

Layered Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Spread
Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 1 hr 10 min Makes: 1-1/2 cups spread or 12 servings, 2 Tbsp.

What You Need!
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, well chilled
3 Tbsp. finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil, well drained
3 Tbsp. finely chopped drained canned artichoke hearts
2 Tbsp. pesto
2 Tbsp. chopped PLANTERS Smoked Almonds
2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley

Make It!
CUT cream cheese horizontally into 3 slices using dental floss. Place 1 slice on large sheet of plastic wrap; top with tomatoes and second cream cheese slice.

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COMBINE artichokes and pesto; spoon over second cream cheese layer.

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TOP with remaining cream cheese slice, nuts and parsley; press nuts and parsley lightly into cream cheese to secure. Wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.

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How to Cut Cream Cheese with Dental Floss
Wrap 18-inch piece of dental floss around bottom third of cream cheese brick, overlapping ends. Pull ends steadily to cut cream cheese. Repeat to make a total of 3 slices. ( I used the dental floss a bit different than the instructions. I placed the brick of cream cheese on it’s side and slid the floss straight down. So easy!)

Serve with WHEAT THINS or TRISCUIT Crackers. Make ahead–prepared spread can be stored in refrigerator up to 24 hours before serving. For easier spreading and best flavor, remove from refrigerator about 30 min. before serving.

There are so many yummy appetizer recipes using cream cheese. I’d love to hear your favorite?

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