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Layered Basil-Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Layered Basil-Roasted Red Pepper Spread

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

Prep time15 min
Total time1hr 15min
ServingsMakes 1-3/4 cups spread, or 14 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.
  • ¼ cup roasted red peppers, divided
  • 5 pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1 tub (12 oz.) cream cheese spread
  • ¼ cup loosely 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 or sharp knife; reserve for later use. Chop pepper trimmings and remaining peppers; combine with olives.
  • Use pulsing action of blender to blend cream cheese spread, basil and garlic until smooth. Wash cream cheese tub; line with plastic wrap, with ends of wrap extending over side.
  • Spoon 1/2 cup cream cheese mixture into prepared 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 reserved pepper star as shown in photo.
  • Serve with the crackers.
Recipe Tips
  • Substitute
    Prepare using reduced-fat cream cheese spread.
  • Serving Suggestion
    Serve with your favorite crackers, such as WHEAT THINS Big Snacks or TRISCUIT Crackers, in addition to the RITZ Crackers. Makes 14 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread, and 11 WHEAT THINS Big Snacks or 6 TRISCUIT Crackers each.
  • Special Extra
    For a holiday flair, serve with RITZ Snowflake Crackers.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 11g 
   Saturated fat 4.5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 15mg 
Sodium 260mg 
Carbohydrate 11g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 2g 
Vitamin A0 %DV
Vitamin C2 %DV
Calcium4 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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