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Warm Roasted Pepper And Artichoke Spread

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Warm Roasted Pepper And Artichoke Spread
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 3
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Enjoy this cheesy spread served with fresh vegetables and crackers, made in just 40 minutes.

Ingredients

1
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2
cup fat-free mayonnaise or salad dressing
1
(8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1
small garlic clove
1
(14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained, finely chopped
1/3
cup finely chopped roasted red bell peppers (from 7.25-oz. jar)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In food processor bowl with metal blade, combine Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese and garlic; process until smooth.
  • 2 Place mixture in large bowl. Add artichoke hearts and roasted peppers; blend well. Spread in ungreased 9-inch quiche dish or glass pie pan.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve warm with crackers, cut-up fresh vegetables or snack bread slices.
Tips  

This spread is a good candidate for preparing early in the day of the party, then refrigerating until it's time to pop it in the oven. Just before serving, sprinkle the top of the spread with minced fresh parsley or green onions.

Red bell peppers are actually green bell peppers left to ripen on the vine. They have more sugar than green peppers, so they're sweeter and slightly more tender. Sometimes a little chopped red bell pepper is just the right garnish for an appetizer or main dish.

Roasting peppers brings out their sweetness. Place whole peppers under the broiler or on the grill, turning the peppers to blacken the skin evenly. When the peppers have cooled, peel off the skin, remove the seeds and ribs and cut up the flesh.

Purchased roasted peppers, available in jars or by bulk in the deli department, come in two basic styles: those packed in olive oil and those in vinegar.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Calories
25
(
Calories from Fat
20
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
2g
3%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
)
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
85mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
1g
0%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
0g
)
Protein
1g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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