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Grilled Pesto French Bread

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 16
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A fantastic pairing with an Italian meal, this warm loaf is ready to enjoy in 20 minutes.

Ingredients

1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup refrigerated basil pesto
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
loaf (1 lb) French bread, halved crosswise, split lengthwise
Chopped tomatoes, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese on High 15 to 20 seconds; stir until creamy. Stir in pesto and butter until well mixed.
  • 2 When grill is heated, place bread pieces, cut side down, on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill over medium coals. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 3 Turn bread halves over. Spread pesto mixture evenly on cut sides of bread; cover grill. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Cut bread into 2-inch sections to serve. Garnish with tomatoes.

Expert Tips

Make Bruschetta by sprinkling chopped firm tomatoes, such as Italian plum, over the pesto mixture before or after grilling.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
160
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
15%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
270mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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