Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Oh my gosh! You may not be able to stay away from this appetizer plate. My neighbor from Chicago gave me this recipe a few days ago - it is to die for! If you want to be the hit of the party, take this with you! The red, green, and white colors make for a gorgeous presentation.


  1. Cut the cream cheese in half heightwise and place one half on a plate.
  2. Spread a layer of tomato spread on top of cream cheese.
  3. Spread a layer of pesto on top of tomato spread.
  4. Repeat layers.
  5. Top with chopped nuts, if desired.
  6. Serve with crackers or toasted sliced baguettes.
Most Helpful

Oh so yummy! I made this to serve at a church meeting and everyone gobbled it up! Definitely a keeper! It was very easy to make but made for a very impressive presentation! Thanks for this great post! The only variation I made is that I made garlic toast to serve this on. I sliced french bread to make snack sized peices, then I spread them on a broiler pan, drizzled olive oil over them, and then sprinkeld them with garlic, parsley, and a touch of paprika. Flavors blended nicely.

Jfoxe March 05, 2011

Colors of the Italian flag on this appetizer reflect the wonderful flavor that awaits you. I made a deconstructed version made individually on toasted ciabatta slices. The full cheese block version must be very attractive as well. I used fat free cream cheese with terrific results. An amazing, yet simple, appetizer.

Vicki in CT January 03, 2009