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Paula Deen's Pesto Cheese Blossoms

Last Modified: 02/15/08
First Published: 12/22/07
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This recipe is relatively expensive as well as high in calories. The large number of high-cost ingredients such as basil, parsley, pistachios and pine nuts drive up the cost for this recipe and the nuts as well as the cream cheese contribute to the calorie content. You have to keep in mind though, that while this might serve 15 people as an appetizer, it might just as well serve 6-8 hungry people as an appetizer just the same. Then the calories per serving dramatically goes up.

If you happen to have an herb garden or can buy herbs at a reasonable price when in season, this recipe will be slightly cheaper to make.

 

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Servings: 15
Total Cost: $12.94
Cost Per Serving: $0.86
Total Calories: 4,230
Calories/Serving: 282
IngredientVolumeMassCostCalorie
Cream Cheese * 16.00 Ounces $2.93 1,584
Pistachio Nuts 1 Cup 128.00 Grams $1.14 713
Garlic 1 Tablespoon 8.50 Grams $0.04 13
Basil, Fresh, Chopped 1/2 Cup 14.00 Grams $1.00 3
Parsley, Fresh, Chopped 1/2 Cup 75.00 Grams $1.25 0
Pine Nuts 1/2 Cup 75.76 Grams $1.68 500
Salt, Table 1/4 Teaspoon 1.50 Grams $0.00 0
Black Pepper, Ground 1/4 Teaspoon 0.53 Gram $0.00 1
Olive Oil, Extra Virgin 2 Tablespoons 27.00 Grams $0.40 239
Tomatoes, Sundried * 3.00 Ounces $1.23 383
Provolone cheese (sliced) * 8.00 Ounces $3.26 796

1 (8-ounce) package sliced provolone cheese
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
20 pistachios, shelled
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

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