Layered Basil-Roasted Red Pepper Spread

57  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 1 hr 15 min total
  • Makes 1-1/2 cups spread or 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

The party dazzler. That's you, when you arrive on the scene with roasted red peppers and olives layered with a creamy herb spread.

Layered Basil-Roasted Red Pepper Spread Recipe


  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 5 pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1 tub (12 oz.) brick cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers


  • Cut  star shape from 1 pepper, using 1/2-inch cookie cutter; set aside. Chop pepper trimmings and remaining peppers; combine with olives.
  • Use  pulsing action to blend cream cheese spread, basil and garlic in blender until smooth. Wash cream cheese tub; line with plastic wrap, with ends extending over side of tub.
  • Spoon  1/2 cup cream cheese mixture into tub; top with olive mixture and remaining cream cheese mixture. Press firmly into cup with back of spoon.
  • Refrigerate  1 hour. Unmold cheese spread onto plate; discard plastic wrap. Top cheese spread with nuts and pepper star. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Pairs well with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Please drink responsibly.

SubstitutePrepare using reduced-fat cream cheese.

Special ExtraFor a holiday flair, serve with your favorite variety RITZ Simply Socials Crackers or RITZ Snowflake Crackers.


Nutrition Information

Makes 1-1/2 cups spread or 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 180 
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 30 mg
  • Sodium 300 mg
  • Carbohydrate 12 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Vitamin A 10 %DV
  • Vitamin C 4 %DV
  • Calcium 6 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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