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  • Active Time : 20 minutes
  • Total Time : several hours
  • Serves : 20 servings


  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fancy shredded Italian style Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup pecan pieces toasted, divided
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 8 ounce container cream cheese spread & Greek yogurt (8 ounce) softened
  • - assorted crackers


In food processor, combine basil, Parmesan, ΒΌ cup toasted pecans and garlic; salt and pepper to taste. Process until finely chopped, scraping bowl as needed.

With processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil; scraping bowl as needed. Add cream cheese; continue processing until well combined.

Refrigerate until slightly firm. Form mixture into a large ball; roll in remaining toasted walnuts. Place on a serving dish and cover. Refrigerator several hours or overnight.

Serve cheese spread with crackers.

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