Is there no end to what half a package of cream cheese can do? Here it's topped with fresh basil, salsa and Parmesan to make a tasty spread.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
12 slices French bread, 1/4 inch thick
1 cup salsa
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
1 tsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
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Let's Make It
Place dressing and basil in blender container; cover. Blend to form a paste. Spread about 1/4 tsp. of the dressing mixture onto each bread slice. Broil 4 inches from heat about 1 minute or until lightly toasted. Set aside.
Pour salsa into small shallow ovenproof dish. Place cream cheese in center of salsa; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil 5 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with additional chopped fresh basil, if desired.
Arrange toast slices around edge of platter. Serve with cream cheese mixture.
Try tomatillo salsa, made from green tomatoes, instead of the red tomato salsa.
Use leftover basil paste to liven up your sandwiches. Simply spread on bread slices before layering with your favorite sandwich ingredients.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 9g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.