Easy-Bake Cheese & Pesto

4.6
(43) 37 Reviews
Prep Time
10
min.
Total Time
40
min.
Servings

12 servings

Imagine cutting into a crescent dinner roll to reveal creamy Neufchatel cheese and savory pesto. Then imagine crackers dipping and the crowd going wild.

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Make It

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  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Unroll dough on lightly greased baking sheet; firmly press seams together to form 12x4-inch rectangle.
  • Cut Neufchatel horizontally in half. Place 1 Neufchatel piece on half of dough; top with 1 Tbsp. pesto and peppers. Cover with remaining Neufchatel piece; spread with remaining pesto. Brush dough with egg; fold in half to enclose filling. Press edges of dough together to seal. Brush top with any remaining egg.
  • Bake 15 to 18 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 10 min. Serve with RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers and cut-up fresh vegetables.

Make Ahead

Assemble recipe on baking sheet as directed. Refrigerate up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, uncover and bake as directed.

Servings

  • 12 servings

Healthy Living

  • Generally Nutritious

Diet Exchange

  • 1 Starch
  • 1-1/2 Fat

Nutrition Bonus

This tasty appetizer, made with better-for-you ingredients, can fit into a healthful eating plan.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 100
% Daily Value
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 190mg
Carbohydrate 5g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
   
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 0 %DV

* 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.

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  • cruise0113 | Thu, Jan 1 2009 1:35 PM

    Perfect appetizer. A bit rich but with crackers it tones it down. An absolute hit everytime I make it (3 times in last four weeks).

  • mrsriche | Wed, Dec 3 2008 9:59 AM

    Everyone went crazy for this at Thanksgiving! Very rich, but fabulous with crackers. My mom and I thought of replacing the pesto and pepper with apricot jam and almonds. Honestly, you could put anything between cream chez and wrap it in dough and I'll probably like it.

  • rvlex | Fri, Sep 14 2007 3:17 PM

    This was very good. We just eat it with our fingers. The only bad thing was the bottom didn't finish cooking.

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