Category Archives: Appetizer

Warm creamy basil spread

Lots of basil in your garden?  What to do?  This recipe is a little different and so easy.

1/2 c Italian dressing (from a bottle or homemade)

1/4 c fresh basil leaves

12 slices French bread, 1/4″ thick (or consider cucumber or zucchini slices – use your imagination)

1 c salsa

4oz cream cheese

1 t grated Parmesan cheese

Place dressing and basil in blender container; cover. Blend to form a paste. Spread about 1/4 t of the dressing mixture onto each bread slice. Broil 4″ from heat about 1 minutes 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.

Just typing this is making my mouth water. Enjoy!sweet basil