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Ann's Point Inn

Bass Harbor, Maine

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Basil Parmesan Spread

Ingredients
1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup (3 ounces) freshly grated parmesan cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 ounces soft goat cheese (such as montrachet) room temperature
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup thinly sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, well drained
Assorted crackers and breads.

Line 3-cup bowl with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch overhang.

Combine spinach, basil and garlic in processor and chop finely. With machine running, gradually add oil through feed tube. Add parmesan and process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir cream cheese and goat cheese in a medium bowl until well blended. Spread 1/3 of cream cheese mixture in bottom of prepared bowl. Spread 1/2 of spinach mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle with half of the walnuts. Arrange 1/2 of the tomatoes over. Drop 1/3 of cream cheese mixture by spoonfuls over tomatoes. Carefully spread to cover evenly.

Repeat layering with remaining spinach mix, walnuts, tomatoes and cream cheese.

Fold plastic overhang over top of spread. Press gently to compact. Refrigerate overnight (can be made 3 days ahead of time).

Unfold plastic on top and invert spread onto a plate. Remove bowl and plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Serve with crackers and breads.

Serves: 4

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