Recipes Using Fresh Basil

January 24, 2006
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped basil
  • Grated lemon peel of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
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  • 2 Tbsp. chopped shaved ham


Mix basil, lemon peel and pepper on shallow plate until well blended. Place cream cheese in basil mixture; turn to evenly coat all sides, pressing basil mixture into cream cheese to secure.

Cut cream cheese block horizontally in half; place one half on serving dish basil mixture side down. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto cut-side of cream cheese. Top with ham and second half of cream cheese. Serve at room temperature or microwave on high 45 seconds or until warm. Serve as a spread with crackers.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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